As part of activities earmarked by the NDC Glasgow branch going into election 2024, the leadership in tandem with members held a maiden hybrid meeting on Sunday, 7th August 2022 to cement and foster unity within it’s rank and file and also seize the opportunity to deliberate on pertinent issues that would potentially help NDC win back power in January 2025.
In attendance were other UK/Ireland chapter executives to grace the occasion. Notable among them were the chapter Chairman, Alhaji Alhassan Mbalba, the chapter Secretary, Comrade Michael Kudiabor and the deputy chapter Secretary, Alhaji Awudu Sanni. The special guest of honour for the occasion was Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah (MP), Ho West constituency.
The programme commenced with an opening prayer said by Mrs. Janet Bapanaye, followed by welcome address from the branch Chairman, Dr. John Ayanaba.
In his address, the Chairman expressed enormous appreciation to all branch members and executives towards their relentless effort and readiness to respond to the call to duty whenever the need arises. This, according to Chairman Dr. Ayanaba, is a positive feat that must be protected at all costs if we want to see the party come to power in 2024.
Chairman Ayanaba further encouraged members to continue the good work to serve Mother Ghana and the party and with God in the helm of affairs, their effort will not be in vain but rather crowned with resounding victory in 2024.
The Chairman for the occasion, Mr. Frank Nyame was very delighted to play such an honourable role in the capacity as chairman for the event.
Mr. Frank Nyame, one of the founding fathers of the NDC Glasgow branch in his acceptance speech urged members gathered to use the occasion to fraternise and get to know each other very well going into 2024. With all the level of corruption scandals in the country, Mr. Nyame tasked members to see it as clarion call to rescue the country from the clueless NPP Government.
Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for Ho West Constituency was very much excited to join the Glasgow branch in person and applauded the leadership of the branch for such good job done in the diaspora. Despite being a budding branch, he enumerated some of the remarkable successes chalked by the branch since its inauguration at the beginning of this year.
Hon. Bedzrah took members present through the modus operandi of the Ghana parliament and succinctly touched on all the scandals in the country where there are new every morning.
He explained to members the role of the MP’s from the minority caucus on how they are keeping the government in check in spite of all the attacks they receive on daily basis for just doing their duties enshrined in the constitution.
Issues relating to the Techiman South shootings and the position of the minority caucus was also clearly explained by the honourable member of parliament. One of the key questions asked by the NDC South London branch organiser, comrade Malik Dramani Mahama, was on how the delay in the organization of the party’s internal elections could have on the fortunes of the NDC in 2024.
There were some concerns also noted on the position of the party regarding the MP for Dome/Kwabenya and NDC MP for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson. Hon. Bedzrah meticulously addressed these concerns highlighted by the Chapter Secretary, Comrade Michael Kudiabor.
A leading member of the NDC Glasgow branch, Comrade Marian Danzerl also touched on the party’s position on how to tackle social media slandering by the NPP on the NDC’s flagbearer, President John Dramani Mahama’s persona. She noted that these uncouth behaviour by some members in the NPP, played crucial role in the outcomes of the 2020 election.
Again, the Member of Parliament responded that some of her thoughts were already being actioned by the minority caucus to ensure history do not repeat itself in 2024.
An executive member of the branch, comrade Ebenezer Essien also thanked the minority caucus for all their effort especially with the level of hostility bestowed on them by the ruling NPP government.
The MP rounded up his session by entreating members in the diaspora not to give up on the NDC as it is the only hope to salvage the country from its present predicaments. He tasked members to continue to avail themselves to activities of the party and also be willing to adopt a branch in Ghana to support the party through provision of logistics.
In the Chairman of the occasion’s (Mr. Frank Nyame’s) closing remarks, he thanked everyone who made the programme a success but again reminded members to be fishers of men for the NDC. He highlighted on the need for proactive membership drive programme going into 2024 and also used the opportunity to advice all contesting comrades in the upcoming branch elections to threat each other with respect and show some decorum where the need be especially when there is any form of incongruity. Mr. Joy Ngorgbeatsi delivered the vote of thanks and the closing prayer was said by Mr. Salim Awudu.
Source: Tabbi Wilberforce Awotwe (Ph.D), Communication Officer, NDC Glasgow(Scotland) branch
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