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22.11.2007 Social News

Council of State, NPP caucus call to wish Prez well

By times

A number of well-wishers continue to call on President J.A. Kufuor following his involvement in an accident in Accra last week.

The latest to do so on Tuesday were members of the Council of State and the Parliamentary Caucus of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

President Kufuor told members of the Council of State who were the first to call, that he survived the accident by the grace of God.

"When you come to think of it, you realise that it is definitely the act of God that preserved me from the unmentionable. "It could have been more serious," he said.

The Chairman of the Council, Professor Daniel Adzei-Bekoe, said members had been wondering about the President's health since the news of the accident broke.

Though news reaching them indicated that the President escaped unhurt, he said, they decided to come themselves to verify.

They prayed for God's continuous protection for the President. At the turn of the Parliamentary Caucus led by the Majority Leader, Abraham Ossei Aidoo, President Kufuor thanked them and said such concerns energise and strengthens him for the work ahead, adding that "it also shows I have friends in the House."

He congratulated the Parliamentarians on the good work they were doing in the House to help entrench democracy in the country.

"As the Executive arm of government, if you have a parliament which is so poised to work, especially from the majority side, then we can take some rest," he said.

The President said he was happy that the majority side was focused at work, particularly, the preparations being made towards the grand debate on the 2008 budget statement.

He urged the MPs to know significance of having their party in government and called on them to continue to work harder than before.

The President further urged the MPs to see it, as a duty, to use the democratic processes to secure the mandate of the people for the party.

Earlier, Mr Ossei Aidoo, on behalf of his colleagues had wished the President well and briefed him on proceedings at the House.

He assured the President that the majority in the House was focused, adding that "your party is in control".

In addition to wishing the President well, the Majority Leader said they were also at the Castle to seek his advice to enable them to prepare adequately for the debate on the budget.