The first lady, Lordina Mahama, has appealed to women to be patient with the Mahama administration whilst the President puts his government together. She said the government is only three months old and therefore cannot set out to resolve every challenge when all appointments have not been completed. She however promised them prosperity and good times ahead.
Mrs Mahama made the appeal when she hosted over 100 Greater Accra constituencies’ women organisers and executives of market women associations to a luncheon at her residence in Accra last Saturday. She thanked the women for the yeoman’s roles they played in ensuring a one-touch victory for President Mahama and the NDC in last December’s general elections.
According to her, women constituted a formidable block for the success of the party before, during and after the elections. She assured them that she would garner every opportunity for the development of women in the country. She said “your concerns are my concern and I would not renege on my responsibility to advancing your course.”
Lordina advised the women to be transparent in dealing with their colleagues. She observed that in some instance those who have had opportunities turn to complain to other colleagues creating the impression that they have been neglected, stating that such practice is not honest enough.
She reminded the organisers that their opportunities would come at the appropriate time: “some people get their opportunity in the morning, others in the afternoon or in the evening”.
The event was to afford the first lady an opportunity to meet, interact and to thank the women for the significant role they played to ensure the NDC won the December 2012 elections convincingly.
The constituency organisers and the market women acknowledged and praised the affability of the first lady. They described her as a mother, adviser, philanthropist and a valuable first lady of Ghana. In their view, she has demystified the office of the first lady by interacting with people at a personal level.
Madam Mercy Nee Djan, President, Greater Accra Market Associate, pledged their support to the Mahama led government. She said God had already chosen President Mahama to lead Ghana and that they would respond to the call of the President and the first lady anytime any day. She also appealed to the government through the first lady to help upgrade some markets in Greater Accra including Salaga Market in Odododiodiodoo.
Madam Oboubia Darko, NDC parliamentary candidate for Gbawe constituency in Accra in the last elections, addressing the women, appealed to them not to expect so much from the government too soon, since their opportunities will come at different times. She said they are lucky to have a God fearing and a good mother as first lady.
There other high profile personalities at the event including; Ms Sherry Ayitey, Minister of Health, Mrs Anita De Sousou, NDC National women’s Organiser, Hajia Zaynab, First National Deputy women’s organiser, Mrs Sedinam Tamakloe, NDC parliamentary candidate for Sowutuom, and Ms Sophia Akufo, NDC parliamentary candidate for Dome-Kwabenya
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