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04.08.2003 Regional News

NPP members asked to exhibit high sense of discipline

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Ofoase (E/R), August 4, GNA - The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Dan Botwe has asked party members to exhibit a high sense of discipline to push the party's agenda forward.

He said the threat of violence and disagreements among members is a result of indiscipline that is looming over the party. He called for a better approach to issues.

Mr Botwe said this at rally at Ofoase, near Akim Oda in the Birim North District on Sunday to mark the NPP's two-and-half years in office. The rally, which was preceded by a thanksgiving service at Ofoase Church of Pentecost was well attended by Ministers of State, Party functionaries and a large number of the party supporters.

Mr Botwe expressed the NPP's commitment to the rule of law and that the party would ensure the freedom and happiness of every Ghanaian irrespective of the political affiliations.

He said the NPP would not allow the NDC to distract its development programmes and responsibilities towards the people, adding, "the noise of the NDC cannot cripple NPP's policies."

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Mr Felix Owusu Agyepong explained the rationale behind the National Health Insurance Scheme and urged the members to embrace it when it takes off. He said the NDC intended to downplay the implementation of the scheme and wondered why such a sensitive national policy could be politicised; "yet they claim they are fighting in the interest of the average Ghanaian".

Mr Agyepong told the functionaries that the NPP government would implement the insurance scheme to improve health care delivery in the country.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo disclosed that the Oda-Nkawkwa road had been awarded on contract and urged the people to rally behind the NPP to retain power in the next elections.

They should also ignore "derogatory remarks" being made by the NDC and support the government to put the economy on track.

The MP for the area, Dr Boakye Akoto, said he had accessed a 100-million cedi fund through the Assembly from the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs to be disbursed to the women in the district as loans. 04 Aug. 03

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