21.05.2008 NPP News

NPP activists ask to ensure Party cohesion

21.05.2008 LISTEN

Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, a founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called on the ruling Party to forge a united front in order to ensure victory in the December Presidential and Parliamentary polls.
Mr Bugri Naabu made the call when he presided over a heated meeting with the immediate- past Constituency Executives of the NPP, at Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo Constituency, at Bunkpurugu in the Northern Region.
The members alleged that they have been sidelined by party officials in the Constituency.
Mr Bugri Naabu, who is also an opinion leader in the area, said Party cohesion and co-operation was necessary to ensure the victory of the NPP Parliamentary Candidate, Mr Duubik Mahama and the overwhelming endorsement of the Flagbearer, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo- Addo.
Mr Elisha Thomas Naan, former NPP Constituency Chairman, said six years of disunity among members and supporters of the Party had led to the defeat of successive parliamentary candidates.
Interacting with the chiefs and people at Bunkpurugu later, Mr Bugri Naabu asked them to eschew chieftaincy and other factional conflicts which are retarding the progress of the area.
“Whenever you see a Bimoba and Konkomba man or woman fighting don't be blinded by ethnic sentiments by rushing to support your kith or kin. Try to separate them.
If you are not successful go to the Police Station and report that some two mad people are fighting.
He also met with the Police personnel posted to Namong, where he promised to address some of their complaints which span lack of furniture and means of transport to carry out effective policing.
In a related development Ibor Nandaan Issid I, Chief of Gbintiri in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, has appealed to the regional authorities to ensure that the village, which is one of the largest marketing centre for agricultural produce in the Region, get its fair share of the national cake.
He said the village lacks social amenities like potable water, electricity and public toilet, while the only basic school in the area had no primary school block and adequate teachers.
Ibor Issid observed that although Gbintiri market churns out over 1,000 Ghana cedis a week to the District Assembly, the market has not been provided with sheds and a befitting slaughter house.
He appealed to the Government to calve a new Constituency for the area to be known as Gbintiri-Namong Constituency.
Mr Bugri Naabu asked the people to embrace education in order to get the right people to champion the development challenges in the area.
“Education is good. It is not too late to start but the earlier the better.”
Meanwhile members of the Bunkpurugu/ Yunyoo District Assembly last weekend overwhelmingly endorsed Mr Thomas Akar Gyimah as the District Chief Executive at its meeting held at Bunkpurugu.
Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, Northern Regional Minister urged the chiefs and people in the District to put the past behind them and unite to develop the area.
He noted that conflicts among the people had affected socio-economic development in the area despite the rich natural and human resources available.
Mr Gyimah pledged to work hard to reduce the level of poverty among the people and speed up development.

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