Journalist and Human Rights activist, Alfred Ogbami, says it is in the right direction for President John Dramani Mahama to be faced with ‘strong criticisms’ from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP),saying ‘it will keep him on his feet’.
The Managing editor of the defunct Gye Nyame Concord newspaper was reacting to the ‘True State of the Nation’s Address’ delivered by the minority members of Parliament; mostly members of the opposition NPP.
The Minority Caucus in Parliament, led by the minority leader, Hon Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, on Wednesday presented what they consider to be the “True State of the Nation Address” at a news conference in Parliament.
The NPP raised a lot of issues bordering on the economy as far as the Mills-Mahama administration was concerned; adding that the state of the economy is poor.
Speaking to Kwami Sefa-Kayi on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme on Thursday, Alfred stated: “I am happy President Mahama is being faced with these current challenges right from the onset; it will force him to work. It is good. If he rises up to the challenge, it will be good for his own government. It is good the minority raised the issue of gas, electricity and water, because it has become an albatross on our neck; and the earlier the government wakes up to it the better…”
Alfred Ogbami alluded to the fact that unlike previously when Presidents are given about 100 days to get used to their duties, “it is about time it is cancelled, for them to start effective work immediately”.
He however advised the minority members in parliament to also look for solutions for the problems they raised during their news conference especially in their capacity as parliamentarians.
“What has the minority done to show that they are doing something about the points they raised? Are they waiting for the issues to come and then they will organise a press conference to tell Ghanaians who has little or no interest in verbose words and figures. It is more incumbent on the minority to do something about it instead of waiting for it to occur...” he added.
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