27.02.2024 Politics

Gideon Boako justifies timing of recent ministerial reshuffle

Gideon Boako justifies timing of recent ministerial reshuffle
27.02.2024 LISTEN

Dr. Gideon Boako, Spokesperson and Economic Advisor to the Vice-President, has debunked claims that the timing for the recent reshuffle by President Akufo-Addo was wrong, adding that the reshuffle was not necessarily meant to win elections but to deepen good governance, among others.

“A reshuffle is not done ostensibly to impact elections. The President has a duty and responsibility to govern and to govern well. So, as and when he decides that ‘A’ or ‘B’ must be brought on board to make his governance proper, he does so,” he explained.

Dr. Boako, who is also the Tano North NPP parliamentary candidate for this year’s elections, was interacting with journalists at Bomaa, near Duayaw Nkwanta, in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo Region last Sunday during a “unity party” organised to show appreciation to all NPP members for their support towards his recent victory in the party’s parliamentary primaries.

The unity party was preceded by a church service at the Wesley Methodist Society at Bomaa, and was attended by several people, including the Ahafo Regional Minister, George Yaw Boakye; the Minister of Roads and Highways, Francis Asenso-Boakye; Municipal Chief Executives for Tano North and Asunafo North as well as other MPs and aspiring MPs.

Dr. Boako stated that the President does not effect a reshuffle just because of elections but because “he thinks that those are the people he needs to take out, those are the people he needs to bring on board to make his government successful, and so I believe that with this in mind, the President did the right thing. As for timing, there has never been a proper time anywhere. Whatever you do today, you may think it’s the best timing but to somebody, it’s the wrong timing.”

Unity party
Touching on the event itself, the Tano North NPP parliamentary candidate explained that it was organised to bring all party faithful together and mount an effective campaign towards the next general election.

“We’ve christened it ‘the Unity Party’ because we believe that after the competition, we need to cooperate for the greater task ahead of us, and so we invited people from different sides during the elections, including those who supported the incumbent MP who lost the primaries – even her, I invited her to the programme,” he said.

“The key message we want to send across to the people in the constituency is that ‘Yes, Gideon Boako has won the primaries, but the main election is not going to be about Gideon Boako election alone’. It’s an election for all of us. It’s an election for the destiny of the constituency and therefore we need every single member of the constituency to join hands with us in this pursuit.

“I believe that, looking at the Tano North constituency, it has historically been a stronghold of the NPP; if we all come together, we’ll be able to garner more votes for the Vice-President, Dr. Bawumia, and myself so that ‘breaking the eight’ that we talk about would be a reality,” he added.

Poor road network
Dr. Boako expressed worry about the poor road network in the constituency and pledged to leverage on his rapport with the Roads and Highways Minister to do something about the situation.

“There are four roads that connect to Bomaa. None of them has seen coaltar before. It’s quite sad from history to now. The Roads Minister did not come here just for the sake of it. He’s been a long-standing friend, and it would have been out of place if I had this programme and Asenso-Boakye did not show up.

“By the grace of God, I hope to leverage on this friendship so that the poor road networks in the Tano North constituency will begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel,” he assured.

Richard Kofi Boahen
Richard Kofi Boahen

Bono, Bono East and Ahafo CorrespondentPage: RichardBoahen