The initial toxic decision by the National Democratic Congress’ Parliamentary Minority Members on the Parliamentary Appointments Committee (PAC) not to approve the nominations of such dynamic and competent ministerial designees as Ms. Mavis Hawa Koomson, Mr. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto was obviously both wrongheaded and laced with morally irresponsible partisan political ill-will. One only has to review the performance track record of these three nominees, and the others, as well, to arrive at the definitive conclusion that the above-mentioned cabinet appointees are absolutely without coequals among the ragtag cabinet appointees of the previous John “Akonfem-Kanazoe” Dramani Mahama-led government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). So, of course, it is nothing short of the inexcusably farcical for Mr. Kwesi Pratt, editor-publisher of the so-called Insight newspaper, to so savagely accuse the NDC parliamentary representatives on the PAC of having royally betrayed the interests of both party members and supporters, as well as sympathizers, and the nation at large (See “Kwesi Pratt Lashes Out at NDC Leadership in Parliament” Ghanaweb.com 3/5/21).
Rather, what impenitent political and ideological charlatans like Mr. Pratt, once publicly and mordantly disowned and virulently denounced by the leaders of the rump-Convention People’s Party (r-CPP), ought to be doing presently is to be effusively commending the otherwise nation-wrecking Haruna Iddrisu Gang for having, finally, wisely come around to doing precisely what the party’s electors and voters and sympathizers of the National Democratic Congress, who offered them their sacred mandate to represent them in our National Assembly, have been impatiently expecting them to do all along. Which, of course, is to first and foremost put the greater and more pressing interests of the nation at large ahead of the parochial partisan interests of these faux-socialist Members of Parliament, which have done absolutely nothing meaningful or constructive to advance the progress and prosperity of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana.
There can be absolutely no gainsaying the fact that as Minister-of-State for Presidential Special Development Initiatives (SDI), Ms. Hawa Koomson performed far above and over the kleptocratic level of Mr. Alexander Segbefia, the Mahama-appointed Minister of Health, who literally took the Ghanaian taxpayer to the cleaners by importing empty engineless vehicular shells into the country in the dubious name of ambulances, about 300 of them, at a prohibitive price tag that ought to have sent Mr. Segbefia to the Kwame Nkrumah College of Moral, Political and Civic Reeducation, otherwise known as the Nsawam Medium-Security Prison. Well, the good news here is that it is still not too late for the Attorney-General to rigorously prosecute Mr. Segbefia, if only to serve as a deterrent to any future would-be nation-wrecking National Democratic Congress’ cabinet and executive appointees who may be contemplating the same criminal course of official corruption and civically and morally egregious misbehavior.
As we all vividly recall, under the tenure of Ms. Hawa Koomson, as Minister-of-State for Presidential Special Development Initiatives, the National Ambulance System (NAS) was significantly upgraded to the level of a first-rate and First-World system and status. Ms. Hawa Koomson also shepherded the “One-Village, One-Dam” project in the northern half of the country, a project that proved to be far more successful than the Guinea-Fowl Scandal that characterized the Mahama-minted copycat boondoggle that was the so-called Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), which turned out to be an ethno-regional gravy train for the exclusively northern-born and northern-descended board members of SADA.
Likewise, as Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has significantly upgraded the level and quality of food production and preservation in the country in an unprecedented manner and in ways that the National Democratic Congress’ leadership could scarcely fathom. This is the track-record nightmare that has desperately impelled the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the so-called Functional National Executive Committee (FNEC) of the National Democratic Congress to gratuitously suspend progressive-minded party stalwarts like Messrs. Bernard Allotey-Jacobs and Samuel Koku S. Anyidoho, for maturely and objectively lauding the phenomenal national development achievements of President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the ruling New Patriotic Party in such critical national development sectors as education, health, agriculture and road transport and communications technology and energy. Of course, much more needs to be done in order to bring Ghana to the level where it presently needs to be, 64 years into the postcolonial era.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
March 5, 2021
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