A lot of good things are happening all over the country, courtesy of the Akufo-Addo-/Bawumia-led government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but not much is being revealed to the overwhelming majority of the Ghanaian electorate and the citizenry, at large, by the Communications Team Members of the ruling party, that is, if it happens that, indeed, the NPP has any communications department or directorate to think about or speak of at all. Once a while a very strange name that a news junkie never heard of would pop up the news headlines. And then you, the reader, viewer or listener would be informed that the person whose name you just heard mentioned on your radio set, or streamed across your mobile phone video, television or computer laptop monitor or screen is a member of the Communications Team of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
And then you begin to wonder where the person sporting the name you just heard for the first time ever has been hiding over the past five years, when the communication propagandists from the country’s main opposition National Democratic Congress were mendaciously telling the rest of the rest of the country that there was absolutely nothing happening all over the land by way of national development programs. This is what my dear friend and indefatigable and passionately pro the neoliberal, visionary and progressive national development agenda of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia Administration, to wit, Eric Bawah, writes about in his inimitably eloquent and strategically instructive article titled “Read More: Wanted: Effective Communication Strategy For Government!” (Modernghana.com 6/22/22).
Eric Bawah has been writing and propagating the good works of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia Administration for quite a considerably while now. And from time to time, yours truly chances across a piece or two penned and published by this passionately national-development oriented patriotic Ghanaian citizen. If my memory is not playing tricks with me, Brother Bawah and yours truly might have in the past even written a mutually back-patting sentence or two to one another. I haven’t read as much of his writings as I would love to have read, although I faintly recall perhaps having read a few pieces by him in the past that verged on the long-running controversy that hung like dark clouds over the administration of the then-beleaguered and battle-worn Winneba-based University College of Education.
In the afore-referenced article, however, Brother Bawah writes about an issue about which I have written hundreds, if not at least a couple of thousands, of articles and media columns. Which is that, if the New Patriotic Party’s key players and operatives are really desirous of maintaining democratic power past the soon-to-end 8-year and two-term tenure of President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, they would inescapably need to focus studiously on the most effective communications strategies that would enable them to successfully carry the message of their resonant national development success story across every nook and cranny of the land.
In his article, Brother Bawah almost excruciatingly underscores the fact that President Akufo-Addo’s Agenda 111 Health and Hospital Centers Construction Project is going on in full-blast or high-dudgeon all across the country. But, unfortunately, listening to the predominantly Accra-based National Democratic Congress’ armchair Animal Farm kind of fake news propagandists on radio and television, as well as on Facebook and Instagram, for only the most obvious examples, one would think that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia Administration was the least performing of its kind in Ghana’s postcolonial and Fourth-Republican history.
Eric Bawah is also absolutely unimpeachable when he counsels the communications Team Members and operatives of the Communications Directorate of the New Patriotic Party that the best communications strategy is the offensive mode, and that it is imperative for the operatives of the ruling party to take the proverbial battle to the National Democratic Congress opponent and not wait for the latter to flagrantly and unconscionably mislead the overwhelming majority of the Ghanaian citizenry and the electorate, before they out come swinging in belated and often lethargic mode to rashly and erratically defend the performance record of the ruling party and the government, by which time it would almost invariably be too late which, in the well-reasoned and calibrated opinion of Brother Bawah, is precisely what has been happening over the past 6 years.
Well, just last week, for example, I was on a Facebook-streamed radio panel discussion, a program of which I am a regular panelist, during which discussions a hired National Democratic Congress’ propaganda goon criminally suggested that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was inordinately fixated with the construction of the much-maligned National Cathedral because it was about the only project for which the President fervidly envisaged himself of being assured of being perennially remembered by. I had to promptly put this godforsaken SOB in his place by reminding him and all those opposition party establishment cynics who reasoned poorly like him that the landmark Repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, by itself, would have effectively ensured the immortality of Nana Akufo-Addo among the pantheon of our national heroes, even if “The Little Man from Kyebi” had not so auspiciously acceded to the Presidency.
It is undeniable that the Repeal of the Criminal Libel Law is the single most significant legal instrument in the inviolable service of the preservation of the quality and integrity of Ghana’s Fourth Republican democratic political culture. And guess what, Dear Reader? Nana Akufo-Addo single-handedly, as well as single-mindedly, drafted and crafted this oxygen-supplying democracy-sustaining legal instrument while he was Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the New Patriotic Party government of President John Agyekum-Kufuor.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
June 22, 2022
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