Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Transport, has appealed to the various political parties to conduct their campaigns in a more decorous manner devoid of inflammatory remarks as the country prepared for the 2012 general election.
He said though Ghana had made remarkable strides in its democratic dispensation and the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections were a test case in consolidating the country’s democracy.
Alhaji Dauda made the appeal at Drobo in Jaman South of the Brong Ahafo Region when he addressed the chiefs and people of Drobo at their annual Munufie Kese Festival. It coincided with the 30th Anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Beyeeman Bosea Gyinantwi as Omanhene of the Drobo Traditional Area.
The Minister said Ghana had gained and would continue to gain support from the International community because of its sound democratic credentials and advised political parties to avoid all tendencies that could spell doom for the nation.
Alhaji Dauda reminded Ghanaians that the Electoral Commission as an independent body would open the new voters registration exercise early next year and advised all those who had attained 18 years and above to register to enable them to exercise their franchise in December 2012.
He said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party recognized multi-party democracy and that the government would work hard to ensure that the 2012 elections were devoid of electoral malpractices.
The Minister explained that governance was about providing the citizenry with their basic needs and gave the assurance that the NDC was determined to bring smiles on the faces of all Ghanaians, especially the ordinary citizens.
Alhaji Dauda on behalf of President John Evans Atta Mills presented GHC 10,000 to the Drobo Traditional Council and assured the council that the government would continue to support programmes that would bring remarkable improvement to the lives of the people of Drobo.
Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Council, who presided, condemned homosexuality and lesbianism, which were gradually gaining grounds in some parts of the country.
He commended President Mills for the bold decision he had taken against homosexuality and assured that the Dormaa Traditional Council would continue to support the Government because such practices could adulterate Ghana’s cultural heritage and spell doom.
The Omanhene expressed concern about the rate of streetism and school dropouts in some communities and advised parents to adhere to family planning measures and minimize their birth rate so they could take proper care of their children.
He observed that as the 2012 electioneering campaign drew nearer, some politicians would try to persuade some of the youth, lure and use them as tools to foment trouble for their selfish gains.
Osagyefo Agyemang Badu, therefore, advised the youth to be wary of such politicians, ignore them and channel their exuberances into useful ventures that could make them become self-reliant.
Beyeeman Gyinantwi said education had always been his priority and appealed to the Government to upgrade the Akosua Febre Girl’s Junior High School, which he established, into a Senior High School to promote girl-child education.
He said the Drobo Senior High School was also in urgent need of a classroom block and called on the Government to go to the aid of the school. GNA