NDC's deadly missiles and Nana Addo's 'flag-stepping' controversy

What has been happening this past week within the rank and file of the main opposition NDC is a cause for great concern. Here's a review of that and other matters.

But what has been happening this past week within the rank and file of the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a cause for great concern.

There has been a war of words between those at the top all the way down to the loyalists within the party.

And it all began when the founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings opened his mouth again to talk about his predecessors and condemn some of the ills within his own party.

Right after his “boom”, a former deputy chief of staff, Valerie Sawyerr who was not too pleased released a counter “ntomtom” or “nwansena” statement, where he called the former president Rawlings a hypocrite over his continuous attacks on the party and his predecessors.

A former Attorney General, Martin Amidu was not spared in the epistle, as he was reminded that his Achilles heel will always be his downfall.

Well, the citizen vigilante who is always battle-ready for such criticisms did not disappoint and replied the John Mahama loyalist, practically schooling her on how to write such long pieces, and describing hers as having the tone of a drunkard. But even before his rejoinder, a petition emerged calling for disciplinary action against him.

But those calls are neither here nor there. After all, are his actions not in line with the ideals of the NDC, to always speak up on issues without any fear or favour?

Moreover, where is the justification for all the abuses being rained at Rawlings? Is he wrong for talking about some corrupt activities within his own party? He sometimes goes overboard though with some of his comments, but should that be the reason for some party faithful to go as far as abusing the very person whose ideals brought into existence a party which has made some of them who they are now?

There’s now the argument that he is not even the founder of the party. But truth be told, the NDC must ceasefire; they are talking too much. Whether they like it or not, Rawlings is revered by the foot soldiers more than any other person and hence he is needed for rebuilding the party. Besides, the governing New Patriotic Party is watching and would gladly rejoice if things get out of hand within their main rival party.

But the governing NPP must not forget its own internal issues. Some Ghanaians seem to be getting angry day by day with some of its decisions, and the latest was when it emerged that the Senior Minister had enrolled his own children into the public sector while telling everyone else that the sector is full and cannot employ.

For many, this is not acceptable and goes to confirm the belief that politicians are all the same. As a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof Ransford Gyampo puts it: “Politicians in Ghana would lie and deceive to get political power and when power is granted by the people, they would use this same power to inflict hardships on the people.”

Can one, therefore, say that the government lied to trainee nurses when it was in opposition? Does the NPP government’s reintroduction of the quota system a move to enable it to fulfil its promise of restoring the nurses’ trainee allowance withdrawn by the previous NDC administration?

The argument that the cut in the intake of nurses is to improve the quality we have does not hold.

The decision is rather going to create a shortage of nurses and the effect of that is obvious. Instead of cutting admission, why can’t we scrap the allowance for trainees and bring out a policy that will enable them to access the student loan? What is even wrong with doing away with the bonding and rather training more nurses, where we could export some of them for foreign exchange?

Mr president! Did the trainee nurses vote for allowance or quota system? It’s sad that the dreams of some young people are about to be cut short with this development.

And it’s equally sad when citizens ignore pressing issues but rather spend all their time discussing whether the president, Nana Akufo-Addo was standing on the Ghana flag or not.

Meanwhile, a closer look at the situation shows that the president was standing on a rostrum decorated with a red cloth or woolen carpet on top and the Ghana Flag by the sides.

One might say that the rostrum could have been wrapped with something else. But, how does this concern the ordinary Ghanaian on the street? How will this create jobs for the teeming youth who are unemployed? What is more, how would the “flag-stepping” situation stop people from dying at hospitals over the lack of basic materials, or put an end to the galamsey menace? We need to get serious, people!


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