June 13, 2024
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Your malnourished propaganda against Mahama will never work in Savannah region ~ NDC tells NPP reg. executives

The Communications outfit of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Savannah Region has issued a sharp response to lamentations and accusations from the regional secretary of the NPP, Mohammed Issah that the NDC is gradually converting the Damba festival celebrations in the region into political platforms.

According to the NDC, the clear show of support and love for the former president in his home region has triggered shivers within the New Patriotic Party, “but the question remains: why does honouring festival invitations lead to discomfort for others?”

In a statement issued by the National Democratic Congress under the signature of its regional communications officer, Abdulai Abdul Jalilu, the NDC and John Mahama attended all major Damba invitations without violating any agreed terms with political parties. Vice President Bawumia was also invited to the Yagbon Damba but declined due to 10 questions posed by the NDC that required his response.

H.E. Mahama was invited as a respected Prince in Gonjaland, and during his speech, He addressed national issues as a statesman. Similarly, if Bawumia had attended, he wouldn’t have sung his childhood methodist hymns but discussed national concerns. Why then criticize Mahama for speaking responsibly?

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE

RE-JOHN MAHAMA’S CONTINUED POLARIZATION OF GONJA CULTURE: A RECIPE FOR BAD PRECEDENCE AND A SIGN OF DESPERATION.

My attention has been drawn to a statement authored by the regional secretary of the NPP S/R, lamenting why H.E John Dramani Mahama the incoming President of the Republic of Ghana honoured the invitations to the 2023 Damba festival organised across the entire Gonja kingdom.

The regional secretary of the NPP S/R accused the NDC of turning the events into political platforms. The secretary did not specify how the NDC politicized the festival, raising questions about the criticism.

Excitedly, the reignited show of support and love for Mahama in his home region has caused unease within the NPP, but the question remains: why does honouring festival invitations lead to discomfort for others?

Mr Issah Mohammed should focus on reconciling with his chairman instead of making unnecessary and unfounded statements.

Regarding their “tramadol” induced statement:

Firstly, the NDC and John Mahama attended all major Damba invitations without violating any agreed terms with political parties. Vice President Bawumia was also invited to the Yagbon Damba but declined due to 10 questions posed by the NDC that required his response.

Furthermore, H.E. Mahama was invited as a respected Prince in Gonjaland, and during his speech, He addressed national issues as a statesman. Similarly, if Bawumia had attended, he wouldn’t have sung his childhood methodist hymns but discussed national concerns. Why then criticize Mahama for speaking responsibly?

Without reservation, if any political party owes Gonjalanders an apology for disrespecting our chiefs, it is the NPP. They shamelessly branded calabashes used in the 2019 Damba at the Jakpa palace with NPP-branded apparel, a clear sign of disrespect and desperation. Have they issued an apology for this? It seems the NPP conveniently forgets their actions.

Let me dive into the raised issues! It’s astonishing that despite increasing our public debt from 120 million to nearly 600 million in just seven years, the NPP has little to show for it. Instead, they seize every chance to claim credit for projects initiated by H.E John Mahama.

MPAHA MAHAMA E-BLOCK

The Mpaha community day SHS affectionately called Mahama E-block will continue to be one of Mahama’s legacies across the breadth and length of this country and the NPP cannot take that away from him. This facility after its completion was left at the mercy of the weather and a breeding habitat for grass cutters and squirrels. It took the same Mahama to move to the premises of the school and called on the government to operationalise the abandoned facility.
E-blocks were promised by John Mahama and delivered by him. Facts are sacred and sacrosanct!

BUIPE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY CENTER
On 1st January 2017, President John Mahama cut sod for the construction of five new ultra-modern district hospitals and a Polyclinic in Ghana. The loan facility was secured in March 2016. The sod-cutting ceremony took place at Weta in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region.
Report of the finance committee on the export credit facility agreement between the government of the Republic of Ghana and Raiffeisen Bank International AG of Austria for an amount of up to Seventy Seven Million, Nine hundred and Thirty-Five Thousand Euros (77,935,000.00 Euros) for the design, construction, equipping and furnishing of five new district/ general hospital in Somanya, Buipe, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, Weta, Tolon and one Polyclinic at Bamboi.
The apostles of reading can’t just google for this simple information. Mr Issah should tell us when the NPP government secured a loan for those facilities.

NTERESO WATER PLANT CLAIMS:
Mr. Issah admitted in his statement that the facility was actually constructed by John Mahama but it took the irresponsible attitude of the NPP when they allowed floods to destroy the facility. On 17th August 2015, H.E John Mahama commissioned 4 water plant communities which include Ntereso, Nyawuripe, Fufulso Junction and Yapei-Yapala.
This plant pumps 100,000 gallons of water daily to the communities.
This was part of the per-urban rural and small-town water and sanitation project being implemented across the country at a cost of 21 million euros. The propaganda to claim the Ntereso water project has fallen flat!

THE SO CALL MPAHA-SALAGA ROAD:
John Mahama in his statement chastised the government for neglecting the Mpaha junction to Mpaha road and that of the Salaga-Makango road. These are roads that were under construction under his regime till Nana Addo took over power and abandoned them completely. The claim that NPP is tarring roads in the district capitals is a figment of his imagination, absolutely nothing is happening in the district capitals of Savannah. It’s a fallacious statement from the secretary.
I dare him to mention a single district that is seeing such tarring.

THE BUIPE SAVACEM
The Savannah Cement enjoyed a number of tax waivers during the importation of some equipment of the factory under the leadership of the NDC and has every right to be part of the establishment of the factory. Has the NPP not included in their list of non-existing factory companies that were built in the 70s?

Issah Mohammed and his party should apologize unreservedly to Jirah Buipewura Jinapor II for the embarrassment caused his person when the NPP connived with the DJ of the occasion to turn off one of the microphones during the presentation of H.E John Mahama’s speech.

The NPP is by this reminded that HE John Mahama will continue to be the greatest asset and human resource the Gonja Kingdom and all people of Northern Extract have ever had in recent times, and as such, no amount of name-calling and character assassination will take that away from him.

I want to conclude with a warning to the NPP in Savannah: we are prepared to confront them whenever they resort to their usual verbal attacks against our incoming President.

Signed;

R.A. Jalil
Communication Officer
NDC- Savannah Region
0240998279/0249808911

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