The National Secretary of the Progressive People?s Party (PPP) has advised the three senior members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) appointed into ?special? positions in the Mahama administration to ?quit politics.?
In an interview with Today?s Manifesto Watch, a platform intended to keep national administrations focused on their campaign promises to Ghanaians,Mr. Asamoah-Siaw called on Enoch Teye Mensah, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin and Cletus Avoka to give way to young, competent and energetic persons in politics to allow themcontribute their quota to the growth and development of this country.
This, he explained is important, because they [Cletus Avoka, Alban Bagbin and ET Mensah] have outlived their usefulness in the country?s politics.
?Fortunately for us, two of these so-called ?Three Wise Men? served as housing ministers in the late Professor Mills and Mahama administrations, but what significant contribution did Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah and Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin made to the sector?,?? he asked.
The fourth appointment list of President John Dramani Mahama named three former Ministers: E.T. Mensah, Cletus Avoka and Alban Bagbin, who have received the accolade ?Three Wise Men? as Coordinators of Presidential Special Priority Projects.
The three appointments, Mr. Asamoah-Siawargued, is a ?fruitless venture? as the two former housing ministers could not help solve the housing deficit in the country which led to the collapse of various housing policiesincluding the much touted STX Housing deal.
Mr. Asamoah-Siaw stressed that this is a clear indication of ?how poorly they [Mr. Mensah, Mr. Avoka and Mr. Bagbin] would perform as advisors? to the president.
He went on to say that the appointment of the three is only a political strategy meant to satisfy the die-hards in the NDC and not based on competence, ?but?this would not wash but rather breed confusion between them and their substantive ministers.?
He maintained that their appointmentis a waste of state resources and a burden upon the country.
?Cletus Avoka looks tired and he has to make way for the younger ones to take over. These so-called Three Wise Men have no record of competence in government to be elevated,? he emphasised.
On his general assessment of the president?snominees so far, the PPP national secretary described as?a mixture of competence, inclusiveness and partisan.?
Hementioned Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Sulley Gariba and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as nominations which his partybelieves were made on competence and merit.
?Dr. Atuguba?s appointment as the Executive Secretary to the President for instance, I can assert was based on his extensive knowledge in constitutional matterswhich I believe the president may need during the implementation of the recommendations made by the Constitutional Review Commission.?
Dr. Sulley Gariba, according to the PPP scribe, was appointed a Senior Policy Coordinator because he is a policy analyst and an evaluation specialist.
?Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang was also nominated for the Education Ministry because of competence. That is why the PPP lauded the president on her nomination,? he intimated.
However, Mr. Asamoah-Siaw was of the view that some of the appointments were politically motivated.
Some of the politically motivated appointments, he said, include HannahSherry Ayitey, Collins Dauda and Haruna Iddrisu.
He also wished former deputy ministers be elevated to substantive ministerial portfolioswell and tasked them to deliver to the expectations of Ghanaians.
The PPP, Mr. Asamoah-Siaw contended, was appreciative of the president?s election into his cabinet competent women which the party believes would make a difference in their sectors.
He was however not happy that out of the nineteen (19) appointments made so far, only six representing 32%, are women.
He tasked the women appointees to impress upon policiesthat will ensure the implementation of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme to enable more Ghanaian children have access to the classroom.
He was also however not convinced that President Dramani Mahama was a decisive leader as he bowed to pressure to nominate into positions the choices of the chiefs of Nzema Traditional Areaand the rampaging NDC youth in Tamale.
While the Western Region chiefs called on the president to elect no other person than someone the region as a minister for the oil and gas ministry, the rampaging youth in Tamale set agog national properties and party paraphernalia as a form of protest to impress on the president to name Haruna Iddrisu as the Trade and Industry Minister.
The PPPsecretary stressed that a PPP administration would look for competence and experience people before giving them appointments.
?The country?s interest matters than the party?s interest,? he concluded.
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