“It will be quite insensitive to hold a national congress as planned” – Sulemana Braimah at NPP
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah
The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, has urged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to postpone its upcoming National Delegates Conference.
According to him, the postponement will reflect the government’s concern over the hardships currently facing Ghanaians.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, he noted that given the current challenges in the economy that have led to labor unrest, it would be insensitive for the NPP to go ahead with its planned conference.
“Given the grave crisis facing our dear country, I ask the ruling NPP to consider postponing its national congress scheduled for the election of national officers this week. This will be a gesture to show that as that party in power, he knows and cares about the ongoing national crisis.
The economy has bogged down. Several unions are on strike. Basic public schools have been closed across the country. Secondary schools face a severe food shortage. We are not in normal times,” he wrote.
“Now is the time for national reflection, bipartisan discussions and consensus building. Now is not the time to think and talk about winning the next election in 2024. As a ruling party, it will be quite insensitive to hold the national congress as planned,” Mr. Braimah concluded.
The advice from the MFWA boss is linked to an earlier warning from a political science professor, Professor Ransford Gyampo.
According to Gyampo, the current unrest on the labor front could escalate if candidates post money at the upcoming national conference of NPP delegates.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is due to hold its national conference of delegates this weekend to elect new national cadres for the party.
Over the years, these political party conferences in Ghana have been characterized by vote buying; with aspirants pouring money to win the sympathy of delegates.
According to Professor Gyampo, if this happens in the NPP national executive elections on Saturday, it will spur labor front stakeholders to push harder for their demands.
“Part of what would moderate or fuel the position of all COLAs demanding and better wages in this difficult time would be the money that would change hands by the end of Saturday in the election to the national leadership of the ruling party,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Currently, some unions such as Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers ( CCT) have all established their tools, due to the government’s inability to pay 20% of base salaries in the form of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
A meeting between restless workers and the government to break the deadlock ended in deadlock on Tuesday, after union representatives walked out of the talks.
The latest group to also go on strike are the top executives of the country’s public universities.
At a press conference at the main gate of the University of Ghana this morning, members of the Association of Senior Executives of Ghana Universities were urged by their leaders to ‘go home’.
Doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health workers across the country have also said they will withdraw their services if the government does not pay their cost of living allowance (COLA).
Unions include the Ghana Medical Association, Registered Nurses and Midwives of Ghana, Health Service Workers Union and Association of Government and Hospital Pharmacists.
In a joint statement seen by JoyNewsunions and professional associations in the health sector have said they will boycott inpatient and outpatient services by August 1, 2022 if the government does not address their concerns.
The associations say their resolution comes after a meeting between unions and the government on Tuesday July 12 ended without result.
High schools across the country are also on the brink of closure, due to food shortages.
It is in light of these and other relevant issues that Mr Braimah wants the NPP to postpone the delegates conference scheduled for this Saturday.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Election Commission, Peter Mac Manu, has warned that the party will not endorse any acts of bribery and vote-buying in its next presidential election. national executive.
According to him, such acts undermine the constitutional democracy of the country and therefore his team will take action to prevent them from happening.
Addressing a press conference last week, Mr Mac Manu said the Party leadership has therefore arranged with the police to ensure that the process is free from any events that might spoil it.
“All aspirants and/or their agents are therefore cautioned against engaging in any undesirable behavior which may be construed as bribery within the meaning of the People’s Representative Act 1992, PNDC Act 284, which constitute serious criminal offences.
The National Electoral Committee has therefore engaged the Ghana Police Service, whose officers will be in the field of the elections, to strictly enforce the laws and arrest anyone found guilty of violating PNDC Law 284. There is a law in this country that covers corruption and we’re going to enforce it,” he warned.