A staunch NPP activist, Kwabena Sarpong, has described the speech made by President Mills over the weekend at the celebrations of the Upper East @ 50 as a propagandist one.
According to him, the President has descended to the level of a propaganda secretary and is giving excuses and telling stories about two years into his administration.
Mr. Sarpong was speaking on Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM on Monday, November 8 in reaction to the speech that declared war on persons the President says are intent on causing fear and panic in the country. In the said occasion the President also said the government inherited an almost bankrupt economy from his predecessor.
Last Saturday, President Mills addressed a grand durbar of the chiefs and people at Bolgatanga to climax the Upper East @ 50 celebrations and in his speech restated his determination to deal “appropriately and decisively” with miscreants who will want to hold the nation hostage through the creation of fear and panic.
He said he had given orders to law enforcement agencies to deal appropriately with such persons, adding that those people will not succeed in their quest to destabilise peace in the country.
President Mills also cautioned those who are too expectant of the oil revenue. “There are people who are thinking that come November-December, this year, Ghana will be awash with oil resources. This is not the case, we have to go gingerly.
“It will take us some time to be able to get the oil revenue which we are going to use in the productive sectors of the economy. We came to meet a difficult economy but we are determined to put things right to make Ghana a better place for all.”
However, Mr. Sarpong said he was saddened by the President’s speech because it did not befit his status.
He said he would have expected NDC officials like Mr. Richard Quashigah, the National Propaganda Secretary, the National Women’s Organiser, Anita De Sosoo and Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa to be making such statements and not him.
Mr Sarpong stated that President Mills’ talk about insecurity in the country was very surprising because if anybody could be accused of causing fear and panic in the country, then he was the first to do so when he talked about contract killings in the country.
He said if there were elements causing fear and panic in the country, then it would be armed robbers who were terrorising people all over and not the individuals who reported the robberies.
Mr Sarpong said he was rather expecting the President to declare the country’s readiness to fight the armed robbers because of his promise to make armed robbery a thing of the past and not to put fear in people.
He stressed that President Mills speech was meant to scare people and also give the police the leeway to charge individuals with all kinds of offences.
On the economy, Mr. Sarpong said the government had a penchant for blaming the NPP for its inability to manage the affairs of the country, claiming that the NPP did a good job of managing the economy.
He said that President Mills had broken a promise he made to Ghanaians that he would not to give excuses for his failures, and asked him to stop making excuses and fix the problems he claimed he has inherited.
Meanwhile on the same programme, the Chairman of the Board of the ECG and a leading member of the NDC, Squadron Leader Clend Sowu commended President Mills for his speech saying it was a very timely one.
He said if people are putting out stories that are meant to scare investors away from investing in the country, then it is apt for the President to address those issues.