The Women’s Wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the United States of America (USA) has welcomed the nomination of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, former Minister of Education as Running Mate for Mr John Dramani Mahama ahead of the December 7, general elections.
“The selection of Prof. Opoku Agyemang as the running mate to Mr. Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) comes with lots of fear and consternation to us. But as a Women’s Wing, we can only welcome the symbolism as contributing to women empowerment”, they said.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by Mrs Barbara Boafo, Women’s Organizer of the NPP-USA.
She explained that their fear was premised on the fact that under the reign of Prof. Opoku Agyemang as the Minister for Education under the erstwhile administration of the NDC, teacher and trainee nurses in the country went through several ordeals following the cancellation of trainee allowances which was a major source of reprieve for trainees.
She added that it took the intervention of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his able Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia to restore these much needed allowances for the trainee students and so if a competitor was raised to challenge such geniuses, then it would not be in the person of Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang
“Suffice it to say that with her selection as the running mate to Mr. Mahama, we have no doubt that she would pursue her agenda once again, in the unlikely event that the NDC wins the December 7, general elections and sends this country back again”, she intimated.
According to her, if Mr Mahama’s crave for a Running Mate was for a female, it would have been some women who have demonstrable competence and have risen through the ranks to establish themselves firmly in the feminist sphere and one such a person could not have been Prof. Opoku-Agyemang.
Mrs Boafo argued that Prof. Opoku-Agyemang being a good woman has a good character but may lack the required qualities to improve the chances for Mr Mahama in the 2020 election, hence we doubt the value she brings to the ticket of the NDC party.
She queried, “devoid of her personality as a woman, but on the grounds of quality in governance; is she good enough to satisfy the ticket to ensure quality improvement in the governance? Is she capable of being described as the president in the absence of the President? In terms of the economy, how is she going to impact the economy, which is why we think she is a no match for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who has made a niche in such ventures.”
She emphasized that the Nana Addo – Dr. Bawumia led government has achieved tremendous feet that cannot be allowed to wash down the drain and must be guided jealously.
Against this backdrop, she called on all trainees and other Ghanaians aspiring to pursue teaching and nursing as professions, and most especially parents to mass up at the various registration centres to register so as to vote massively against the NDC in the December 7 elections.
Source: Ghananest.com/Seth Danquah