The?National Vice Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) Mary Ankomah Boakye-Boateng, has indicated that?the crisis Ghana is experiencing under the Mahama Administration today, ranging from energy crisis (dum so – dum so) to acute water shortages (bue-tum, tum-bue), through corruption and mal-administration, unemployment, rapidly depreciating national currency, poor sanitation, inadequate health facilities and deteriorating educational systems, reflect a leadership crisis.
According to her,?the PPP remains the most credible and aggressive political party and the only party which can bring sustainable development for all Ghanaians.
“The PPP is not surprised by this multitude of problems.? When a campaign is based on “ide be keke” fueled by unbridled use of state resources with the buy-in of some voters, what should we expect?”
She averred that the party is committed to using?the best Ghanaians; ensure the full participation of women and youth; and with incorruptible leadership as the catalyst permeating every facet of its administration to make quick gains of doubling government revenue to pay for the transformational initiatives in education, healthcare and job creation.
According to her,?Since Dr. Kwame Nkrumah led our beloved country to political independence, Ghana has been denied that capable leader who will deliver on the promise of economic independence. While the country remains in dire need of that Redeemer to deliver her from economic bondage, the NDC and NPP; have disappointed Ghanaians over and over again, are re-positioning themselves to yet again, to compete for power in the 2016 elections and keep Ghanaians in perpetual economic slavery.”
The PPP is leaving no stone unturned to confront, fight and defeat the NDC and NPP election machines on all fronts, to rescue and deliver the good people of Ghana from the non-performing duopoly under whose governments our people continue to endure a vicious cycle of mind boggling levels of poverty, destitution and neglect.
“This was and is abundantly clear in our attitude during the 2012 elections campaign and post 2012 elections. We have systematically distinguished ourselves as a party genuinely committed to engage the Ghanaian electorate with pragmatic and progressive policy alternatives for the effective administration of our dear country. We have been working religiously to ensure that we continue to be relevant to the high aspirations of Ghanaians which have evaded them for so long. The PPP has come to stay and will continue to work even harder to win the mandate of the people of Ghana in 2016 and beyond.? We are prepared to stay the course with the belief that sooner than later Ghanaians will awake up with Red Sun of the PPP,” she said.
Mary Ankomah Boakye-Boateng said this in a statement she presented the State Of The Party and Announced ?activities marking the Second Anniversary Celebration of the PPP.
She revealed that the PPP has, in the short period of seven (7) months after registration, demonstrated clear and present commitment to comply and complied with the provisions of the Political Parties Law. We have shown leadership in the submission of Audited Accounts to the Electoral Commission.?
“Indeed we were the first party to file its audited accounts with the Electoral Commission.? We have a functional ultra-modern national head office; we have maintained all regional offices of the party. The party met the mandatory requirement of having party offices in at least two-third of all the districts in Ghana, within seven (7) months.? As of today, about 15 of the 25 political parties on the register of the Electoral Commission do not have constituency, regional and national offices.”
Beyond complying with the statutory obligation as a strong indication of its preparedness to work with the provisions of the 1992 Constitution, and our desire to work in the national interest, the party she said, also impacted public policy with our passionate advocacy for institutional reforms.?
“…The current national debate about the winner-takes-all structure of our governance system was as a result of the PPP?s strong advocacy for institutional reforms to reduce the powers of the president by introducing amendments to the 1992 Constitution that will make three critical changes for progress in Ghana:?
- Prohibit Members of Parliament from being appointed as Minsters of State
- Return power to the people for all Ghanaians to directly elect their district, municipal and metropolitan chief executives without any interference from the President
- Strengthen the office of Attorney-General by separating it from the Ministry of Justice;”
In pursuit of these objectives, the PPP according to her has made presentations to the Constitutional Review Implementation Committee (CRIC), the Council of State and His Excellency President Mahama, seeking audience with Parliament, the Catholic Bishops Conference and the National Peace Council to present these critical amendments to them for requisite action.
“The PPP was the first to make concrete suggestions to the Electoral Commission for comprehensive electoral reforms in Ghana. Whilst others are scheming to take advantage of the weaknesses in the electoral system, our party has been advocating for the strengthening of the Electoral Commission and the process of conducting elections.? We have condemned in no uncertain terms the arbitrary decision by some civil society players and their accomplices in the political parties to entrench the use of “political parties with representation in Parliament” as a means of deciding what defines a legitimate political party.? This is against the moral fabric of our Constitution and freedom of association.? Ghana is not and will not be a two-party state. We are calling on all parties to reject that notion.”
She took the opportunity to reveal activities ?to mark the party’s 2nd anniversary celebration as follows”
Second Anniversary Activities
Ladies and Gentlemen, the programme line up for our second anniversary celebration include the following:
- The Party will hold a second anniversary lecture to be addressed by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. Dr. Nduom was the party?s presidential candidate in 2012 presidential elections. This programme is scheduled to take place in May, 2014. The details will be communicated to all in due course.
- The party will seize the opportunity to present to Ghanaians our policy papers on Education and Health as was presented to the people of Ghana in 2012. We believe our policies in these sectors remain relevant today in view of the worsening situation in both the Health and Education Sectors.
- The party will hold a symposium or Town Hall meeting in Tarkwa in the Western Region on 3rd May to discuss and explain our policy positions to our party members and the public at large.
- Each region shall carry out at least one programme on the Party?s major policy position during the year; the election of MMDCEs, Electoral Reforms for Election 2016, and Anti ? Corruptions Campaign issues, with National Officers participating in these regional programmes. The events will be held in the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern; Central and Western; Ashanti and Brong Ahafo; Northern and Upper East; and Upper West Regions.
- The party will identify communities with lack of clean and portable water and offer our widow?s might to provide boreholes for these communities. This basic necessity of life is the responsibility of the government and the Ghana Water & Sewage Corporation (now Ghana Water Company). We are doing this because we believe the people deserve better living conditions than their present predicament.
- Every Friday in the month of May, will be a ?PPP day?.? We will wear our party colours, conduct drive time and market day activities and raise public awareness of our plans for Ghana and our vibrant existence.