Disgruntled Former Coordinator of the National Youth Council, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has launched yet another verbal vituperation on the Mills-led government for launching the long-awaited National youth policy, without an action plan for its implementation.
Dr. Nkrumah who was sacked barely a week after he criticized what he said was the slow nature of President Mills’ governance, campaigned strongly for the passage of the national Youth policy.
The 27-page document launched on Thursday August 12, by the Vice President John Dramani Mahama has already been rejected by opposition parties who say they were not consulted during a review of the document.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah said it was totally nonsensical for government to roll out a policy that has delayed for nearly a decade without a programme of action.
”The national youth policy cannot be launched without the action plan, it doesn’t make any sense. In 1999, it was approved by cabinet and launched but it was not with an action plan so that’s why it didn’t fly. I think after that the NPP came to power and worked on it at some point and came out with an action plan, cabinet approved it but they couldn’t launch it. NDC comes to power with the right to review it. Some minor changes were done with regards to some priority areas including the action plan, so I don’t know why that action plan does not come with the launch, it doesn’t make any sense. So how are they going to implement it? If there is an action plan as they say, where is it? Why are they hiding it” he queried.
Dr. Nkrumah said he has regretted spending his precious time to campaign for Professor John Evans Atta Mills. He further added that Professor Mills was being polluted by some of his men around him, and does not deserve a second term in office.
‘‘I think people are getting worried. I mean this is only one aspect of youth development, but the way we are going about it is most unfortunate. And it looks like some of us are even regretting campaigning for a leadership that will put this country in this embarrassing situation. I regret campaigning for Professor Mills because I believe the NDC can do much better than that so it’s a question of people sitting up and changing this leadership that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere”.
‘‘From where I stand, it’s a big embarrassment for me and I don’t even know where to take it from here but I guess I will have to consult with other people and see how we can move this country forward.
”The idea of joining of the NDC was to me the main alternative to the left of Ghanaian politics that the CPP is not going anywhere, and that’s why some of us had to eat humble pie and go to the NDC, but if it is looking like there are people in the NDC who are obstructing this whole forward much, then those on the left side of Ghanaian politics really need to advice themselves”.
‘‘It takes you whole one and half years to launch a policy, then how long will it take you to implement it with two years to finish your term. Things are not clear and I don’t know who is advising the president, I think he is surrounded by people who are misleading him and things are not going to be good for the NDC’’ He warned.