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07.07.2009 General News

Tescon spreads to Wesley College

By Issah Alhassan, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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THE WESLEY College chapter of the Tertiary Education Student Network of the NPP (TESCON) has been officially inaugurated with a call on members of the student wing of the party to actively engage in grass root campaign to enable the party recapture power in the 2012 general elections.

A founding member of the opposition party, Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng, who made the call at the official inauguration last Saturday, said there was the need for the students, who are brimming with contemporary ideas and are abreast with the trends of governance to expose the lies and the deceits being perpetuated by the ruling party.

He observed that the time for the NPP to start campaigning towards the next general elections is now, and said that TESCON, being the intellectual youth wing of the party, had a serious role to play in ensuring that the party positions itself as the obvious choice for election 2012.

According to him, the government of the NDC has amply demonstrated through its deeds and actions that it does not have the capacity to maintain the high economic standard set by the previous administration and has instead resulted to lies and intimidations.

He also chastised the government for politicizing laudable social policies introduced by the previous administration such as the National Youth Employment Programme, the Cocoa Mass Spraying Exercise, the National Health Insurance Scheme and the School Feeding Programme.

Mr. Ayisi-Boateng, therefore, charged the students to do a lot of researche and arm themselves with facts and figures about the true state of the nation's economy and governance, to be able to rationally engage members of the ruling party in debate and also expose the falsehoods they are preaching to Ghanaians.

He further advised members not to allow money and other material things to cloud their decision and pointed to the very reasons for the existence of the network being total commitment, loyalty and dedicated service to the NPP adding “your decision to join this wing should be moved by inherent motivational factors which should be the will to serve.”

The NPP founder also charged the rank and file of the party to remain united and desist from washing the party's dirty linen in public, and maintained that the party can decide to stay united and win back power in 2012, or we can decide to continue apportioning blame and exposing ourselves to our enemies to devour us”

The former Ashanti Regional Minister and MP for Kwabre East constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, on his part, said the signs of NDC government's incompetence are clearly written on the walls and noted that the current rise in inflation, interest rates and the economic hardships that Ghanaians are currently experiencing were as a result of the ineffectiveness of the NDC government.

He said the above situations give the opposition party a clear edge over its opponent stressing that the party only needs to work hard and asserts itself as the best viable alternative adding with the support of TESCON, the NPP would be able to recapture power in the 2012 elections

Describing the NDC government as only caretakers, the former Regional Minister stated: “I feel very uncomfortable when people address members of the previous administration as “former Ministers”, we are not former Minister but we are only “Ministers on leave”, who have not totally relinquished our positions but are rather resting for a short time.”

Hon. Owusu-Ansah urged the students' leadership to work to avoid power struggles and work towards a common purpose of strengthening the party.

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