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Monday, June 14, 2010

Don't listen to Rawlings; Konadu will send NDC to opposition

The Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu has entreated the entire National Democratic Congress (NDC) family and its sympathisers, to completely ignore the ''Machiavellian machinations" being devised by the former President Jerry John Rawlings to promote the presidential ambitions of his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, at the expense of the integrity of President John Evans Atta Mills.

According to Mr. Haruna, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South Constituency, the continuous character assassinations and abusive remarks on the incumbent President by Mr. Rawlings and his cohorts, could not in anyway disrupt the attention of Prof Mills and his vision of ensuring a 'Better Ghana' for all Ghanaians.

Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, who was addressing a large NDC crowd, during the commissioning of a GH¢15,000 electrification project he initiated for the chief and people of Fulshegu in his Tamale South Constituency, stated that the last thing the NDC, as a political party, would attempt to do, was to replace Prof Evans Atta Mills with Mrs. Rawlings.
Enjoining the Rawlingses to therefore accord the President the deserving respect and reverence, the immediate past NDC National Youth Organiser maintained that any attempt by the party to substitute Mills with Mrs. Rawlings, would not only create divisions in the party, but would help the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to win back power.

He asserted that Prof Mills and his Vice, John Dramani Mahama, who were mandated by Ghanaians, and remained the "winning team," would successfully complete an eight year-term, and hand over to another credible NDC government, for another eight-year term.

"This government has a vision of developing and transforming Ghana, and I bet you, nothing can change that vision. So, those who are undercutting this government, and exploiting the ignorance of our youth, should think twice."
It would be recalled that the former President, Mr. J. J. Rawlings, at the June 4th Uprising celebration in Tamale, as usual, condemned the leadership style of Prof Mills, and described him as "Konongo Kaya," meaning "an incapable man who does not want to allow a very capable person to assume his responsibility."

In his simplest estimation, the President had lost total control over the management of Ghana's economy, which was entrusted to him some 16 months ago, and therefore must consider restructuring his administration with more vigorous and purposeful ministers, or step aside for a better person to takeover.

On the other hand, the Communications Minister announced that the NDC government had secured a $300 million grant from the Chinese government to support the rural electrification project in the three Northern regions.

This facility, according to him, was different from the NPP's $300 million from the US Exim Bank.

But, the Minority in Parliament, and the hierarchy of the opposition NPP, lambasted the President for taking undue credit for the $300 million they secured for the same Northern electrification project, after the President had announced the facility at the sod-cutting ceremony for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Tamale Teaching Hospital two months ago.

Mr. Haruna, however, disclosed that the entire project would be completed within two years, and that all contractual agreements had already been completed.
The Minister explained that the Northern Region would receive $130 million, Upper East $90 million and Upper West $80 million.

He also reminded the people of the implementation of the Northern Rural Growth Project (NRGP) and the Savanna Accelerated Development Agenda (SADA), which are aimed at bridging the development gap between the north and the south.

Source: The Ghanaian Chronicle

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