The MP for Tamale South and Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu has acknowledged that the government of President Mahama has done little to assuage the sufferings of Ghanaians, since assuming office in 2012.
He made the observation at the NDC Congress in Kumasi where delegates of the Party had gathered to elect new national executives to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.
The Tamale South MP’s comments came after Delegates of the NDC who had convened at the Baba Yara Stadium refused to applaud President Mahama after he had delivered his keynote speech.
In his speech, President Mahama outlined some achievements that his government had chalked since assuming office in 2012.
Among other things, the President Mahama said electricity coverage in the country had increased from below 50% in 2008 to a current 75%. He also touched on the industrialization of the economy which had started with the DIHOC Shoe Factory, and soon, the Komenda Sugar Factory.
Though President Mahama was at his promising best, trying to woo the multitude of NDC members and supporters to have hope in the near future, it was obvious that the packed stadium of NDC followers were not impressed with the President’s speech.
His claim of 75% coverage in national electricity distribution was received with boos and jeers from the Stands, compelling him to summarize his speech.
Sensing the dissatisfaction among the delegates, following the heavy silence that followed President Mahama’s promises-laden speech, the MC for the occasion, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu urged the delegates present, to applaud the 1st gentleman.
“We are privileged to have listened to a speech from the Hon. President himself and yet you are not applauding his speech? Come on, you can do better. Let’s have a loud applause for President Mahama”, the obviously embarrassed MP urged; but he was ignored.
Some delegates and members of the NDC who spoke to the media after the President’s speech said they could not bring themselves to applaud promises which were not likely to materialize. Others also described as useless, President Mahama’s bragging of electricity coverage when as they put it, “all we are being supplied with is poisonous fluctuating electricity”.
Some political pundits who were also at the programme described the Party Delegates’ reaction to President Mahama’s speech as the most accurate assessment so far, of the Mahama−NDC stewardship in government. “The cold reception of the NDC’s own delegates to President Mahama’s speech should tell the President that he has lost touch with his own people”, they said.
According to them, if NDC delegates, who represent the hope and aspirations of the Party, are today having difficulties applauding the President’s “achievement speech”, then what do you say for other Ghanaians? “Going by the reaction of the delegates, I wonder whether President Mahama could have won a flagbearership contest today”, one pundit asked.
The Congress ended with the election of Kofi Portuphy as National Chairman, and Kofi Adams as National Organiser. Hon. Asiedu Nketia retained his position as General Secretary. He will be assisted by Koku Anyidoho and George Lawson, who were elected as Deputy General Secretaries.
YAW P. K. MANU