By Issah Alhassan, Kumasi |
According to Mr. Gabriel Aggah, some of the Ministers and top officials in the present administration are gradually “growing horns and becoming untouchable”, a development which according to him, could have serious repercussions on the NDC party’s quest to maintain power in 2012 if nothing was done about it.
The NDC activist, who is also the Founder and Leader of the Atta Mills Foundation, a group which played an instrumental role for the NDC during the 2008 elections, noted that some Ministers no longer have regard for the party’s foot soldiers and grass root supporters who struggled day and night to ensure the victory of the party. Aggah told The Chronicle in an interview that he was also getting increasingly worried about the way some officials of government behave towards journalists and radio presenters when they are called to answer questions concerning the policies of the government.
He asserted that some Ministers in government no longer have time to address issues of party supporters or explain policies of government to the media and in a case where they do, they are usually filled with arrogance, which according to him, does not augur well for a party in government.
According to him, these top officials are exhibiting the kind of haughtiness and high-headedness which sent the NPP into opposition, cautioning that similar fate could befall the NDC if these petty issues are not addressed.
Mr. Aggah made reference to an incident which occurred on Joy FM, a private radio station in Accra, when Dr.Tony Aidoo, who is in charge of Government Policies and Programmes at the Office of the President, displayed a high level of arrogance during an interview with the News Anchor of the station, Mrs.Dzifa Bampoe.
According to him, Dr. Aidoo’s attitude towards the News caster was unjustifiable, asserting that as a public official, Dr. Aidoo ought to have exercised patience and answered the questions posed to him by the reporter no matter how provocative it was. He stressed “We are in happy and you know as a government in power, it is common knowledge that the onus is always on you to provide answers to issues about the policies of government, I think that Dr. Aidoo was not fair to Mrs.Dzifa and he ought to have humbly apologized to her.”
Mr. Aggah observed that the behavior of Dr. Tony Aidoo and others like him does not send good signals to the youth of the party and also casts serious slur on the personality of President Mills whom many see as humble and obedient leader.
He further noted that as a youth leader in the party, he often receives many complaints from supporters of the party about how they were maltreated in one way or the other by a Minister or top official of the NDC adding that “as a youth activist of the NDC, I often get worried at these developments because it has the tendency to cause the downfall of our party.”
The NDC Youth leader, however, commended some officials of the government such as the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samuel Sarpong and the Minister of Health, Dr. Sepah Yankey, for their sensitive and humility.
He also commended some businessmen and personalities of the NDC who have over the years supported the activities of the Atta Mills Movement.
Source: The Chronicle