Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the Majority Chief Whip, has charged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to do more to celebrate the memory and principles of former late President Jerry John Rawlings.
He said the best way for the NDC to preserve the memory and principles of the late former president was not through monuments as some had suggested.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament in Accra, Mr Annoh-Dompreh, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, urged the party to preserve their former founder’s legacy.
The MP in contribution to a statement by Mr Kofi Iddie Adams, a former aide to the late president and MP for Buem in remembrance of the latter’s birthday, said the best memory of former late President would reflect in the approach to instill what he stood for in Ghanaians.
“Mr Speaker, in my personal view the best memory will not be reflected in monuments, the best memory of the former president will be reflected in our approach as a country to instill what he stood for in students where probably it will be taught in our schools and for the youth of our country to come and embrace these ideals and principles that he stood for.
“Monuments are not the best, will not be the best legacies and that is my strong view,” he said.
Mr Annoh-Dompreh also called on the NDC to take charge of ensuring that the legacy of the former President was preserved.
According to him, it was up to the NDC to emulate and reflect the very principles and values its founding father stood for, for the rest of Ghana to follow their lead.
“I also think that the best memory and the best example should be set by the NDC party. The best terms of our memory of our former President, former President Jerry John Rawlings, that example should be set by the NDC as a party, and they should set the tone for others to follow,” he said.
The Majority Chief Whip told Parliament that the NDC had so far failed to reflect and preserve the values and legacies of the late former President, and therefore urged them to take cues from other parties that had successfully done the same for their founding fathers.
“Mr Speaker, today, from where I sit, I don’t see that on their part. The greatest respect I don’t see that on their part. For instance, and I don’t want to make any comparisons, there are political parties that up to date their founders are still remembered and when they mention the tradition, they mention these forefathers and the torch blazers.
“I don’t see that, and I want to urge my colleagues in the NDC, they must help the nation to celebrate the former president. What you are doing is not enough,” he said.