Deputy Minister for Information, Pius Enam Hadzide has indicated that the presence of too many ‘young boys’ in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is causing what he describes as ‘child’s play’ in the largest opposition party in the country, the National Democratic Congress(NDC).
His comment is in response to a press conference convened by the NDC’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, on Sunday, February 16.
Sammy Gyamfi among other things hinted of the party’s decision to petition the United Nations General Secretary, António Guterres to revoke President Akufo Addo’s appointment as the Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates.
The Party at the press conference held on the banks of the ‘brownish’ Prah River in Twifo Praso in the Central Region, insisted that President Akufo-Addo has failed ‘woefully’ in the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) and the protection of the environment which is a direct contrast to his role in ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030, a goal of the UN’s SDG.
John Dramani Mahama, during his tenure as President was accused of back-benching rather experienced hands in his party for relatively younger, inexperienced persons to play critical roles in his government. The situation led to several cracks in the NDC as the older, experienced persons such as Alban Bagbin, E.T. Mensah and Mark Woyongo who felt marginalised lashed out at the move and predicted doom for the party in the 2016 general elections if nothing was done about the situation.
True to the words of Alban Bagbin at the time, the NDC’s John Mahama lost the 2016 general elections rather embarrassingly, the worst any incumbent President has suffered in the history of the fourth republic.
Despite the humiliating defeat, the former President continues to defend the ‘small boys’ who appear to have taken over the reigns of a number of sensitive positions of the opposition party, the communications wing of the party being a key example.
But Deputy Information Minister, Pius Hadzide believes it is rather wise for the NDC to seek counsel from the ‘elders’ of the party before coming out to comment on major issues, instead of leaving them to ‘Sammy Gyamfi and his small boys.’
“There are some issues I think we should laugh over in this country. The NDC is becoming envious and I also think that the child’s play is becoming too much in the party. It is true that there are too many young boys in their communications directorate and I think they should seek counsel from the elders of the party. Because of youthful exuberances, young people can do things they are not supposed to do. Sammy Gyamfi and his small boys who went to have the press conference at Twifo Praso think they are more sensible than the United Nations but it looks as though they do not understand how the UN works,” he said.
“The UN officials who appointed the President as the SDG advocacy knew what they were doing and it is not even just the UN, just recently, the President received another recognition as the Champion of financial institutions because the African Union has also seen the good works done by President Akufo-Addo as far as the financial sector clean-up is concerned.”
According to Pius Hadzide, contrary to accusations by the NDC that the President has not done enough to combat the illegal mining menace, the Akufo-Addo led administration has done better in comparison to the NDC.
“During the NDC era, our water bodies were all destroyed, all agencies that were charged to oversee mining in the country were not working, there was duplication of licenses but when our government came into power, the president has realized that he needs to do something about galamsey so as not put future generations in trouble and that is why he set up the inter-ministerial committee,” he added.