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24.04.2006 NPP News

NPP To Hold Conference In London

The first International Conference of overseas branches of the New Patriotic Party will be held on the 4th of November, this year in London.

The conference, which will bring together over 1000 members of the party from Canada, the US, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Others will come from the United Kingdom and six other European countries, including Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden and will last for three days.

The UK and Ireland branch Chairman of the NPP, Mr Atta-Krufi, made the disclosure at a special meeting held in London to discuss the event at which an official invitation was extended to the national chairman of the party, Mr. Mac Manu.

Mr Atta-Krufi, hinted that high ranking political figures in Ghana and the UK would grace the occasion, which will look at addressing pertinent issues concerning the party.

Mr Atta-Krufi said the conference would explore all avenues to vigorously mobilise all available human and material recourses to ensure a massive and effective membership drive outside Ghana to make the party more formidable than ever, adding that there was the need to sensitise the overseas branches to issues affecting the party and the country as a whole.

The UK and Ireland branch chairman of the NPP observed that after the conference, measures would be put in place to ensure the reactivation of the party's International Desk at the national headquarters and made a firm request to the National Chairman to help sustain it to ensure an effective collaboration between the Diasporan and home activities of the party.

He observed that there was the need for the NPP to avoid complacency and go all out to win the next general election to ensure the continuity of good governance and development started by the party.

Mr Mac Manu, thanked the UK group for that request and assured them that there was a general consensus among his newly elected team on the urgent need to get the Desk running.

He said that Chicago and Botswana had already made representations to his executives about the Desk and that there was the need for the Diasporan branch of the party to work together to support the running of the Desk.

He also said under his new administration, general party organisation had been intensified on all fronts and that his newly elected National Executive Officers had already met the party's members of Parliament and its regional officers at a National Executive meeting and other meetings, to help look at various ways of building and financing the party at regional level.

“I have tasked Regional Officers and Chairmen to take full ownership of party organisation and funding at the regional level”. Mr Manu noted.

These meetings, he said, would be a regular feature of his new team's calendar to ensure that there was co-ordination and cohesion between all levels of the party under his administration.

Mr Manu informed the UK branch that he had also advised the party's caucus in Parliament, District Chief Executives and Polling Station Chairmen to meet at least once a quarter as stipulated in the party's constitution to discuss problems affecting their respective branches of the party and to find ways of strengthening Constituency Executive Committee meetings.

“With this, together with what you are doing here in the Diaspora, the party would not only have a strong base, but would also develop relevant international links to ensure that we deliver for the people who had given us the mandate,” the national chairman said.

The chairman was joined at the meeting by Mr. Kobina Tahir Hammond, MP for Adansi Asokwa and Deputy Minister of Energy and other party and government officials.