The Young Professionals Forum, a wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has described the four years spent so far in power by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a reign of oppression and called on Ghanaians to liberate the country by changing the government when Ghana goes to the polls on December 7, 2020.
The group made the observation and the call during a meeting held with NDC supporters in the Talensi Constituency at the weekend. The rally, organised under the theme “Walking for Peace and the Second Coming of John Mahama” at Sheaga, followed a health walk undertaken by members of the umbrella party.
“A vote for the NDC is a vote against nepotistic government, a vote against a government of families and friends, a vote against people who think that the country belongs to them. This 2020 election is about Ghana; it’s about the people themselves. We will ensure that we bring jobs to the people and provide jobs not basically on education but through the National Apprenticeship Programme. The NPP promised dams and gave dugouts which cannot support farmers in the dry season. We will ensure that in areas where there is a need for these dams to be built, we do them at the standard at which they need to be— to be able to contain water for dry-season farming.
“This will boost the agricultural sector of the economy. There will be more food for the youth, there will be more jobs for the youth and there will be more jobs for farmers. In education, if your child has passed through the senior high school but is not able to pay the high fees of tertiary education, government will pay 50% of the fees,” said the National Secretary of the Young Professionals Forum, Comrade Augustine M. Guure, flanked by the Forum’s Deputy National Coordinator, Dr Charles Lwanga Bayel, and the Forum’s Upper East Regional Secretary, Comrade Jonas Tibil Zure.
Don’t stay behind after casting your ballots— Dr. Yakong
Executive members of the NDC Professionals Forum— the parent body that formed the Young Professionals Forum for intelligence gathering purposes among other functions— were among some notable persons present at the event.
The National Organiser of the NDC Professionals Forum, Dr. Vida Nyagre Yakong, noted that when voters stayed behind at polling stations after casting their ballots, altercations among political opponents waiting at voting venues were to be expected and such disagreements could mushroom into violence.
Dr. Yakong, who is also the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University for Development Studies (UDS) Tamale Campus, therefore, entreated the NDC supporters at the event to return home immediately after thrusting their ballot papers into the ballot box on the Election Day (December 7, 2020) whilst the agents assigned to represent the party remained at the polling stations to hold the fort for the NDC.
She also assured the power-hopeful crowd that John Mahama would economically empower a great number of women and young people nationwide if voted again as President at the upcoming general elections.
Whilst accusing the current NPP government of employing the military to brutalise innocent small-scale miners in the district, a former District Chief Executive (DCE) of Talensi, Edward Awunnore, also highlighted some achievements he credited to the past NDC government in the area. He cited the construction of an “ultramodern district office complex” for the Ghana Education Service (GES) which previously was using an old classroom building at Wakii as a district office block, a rural electrification project connecting communities to the national grid and the establishment of a community day senior high/technical school at Baare among other projects.
Source: Daily Mail GH||Edward Adeti