Politics of Sunday, 22 January 2017
The Upper East Regional branch of the United Cadres Front (UCF) has appealed to Ghanaians to support the Government to enable it to implement policies and programmes to improve the lives of the people.
The UCF said this in a statement issued and signed by the Regional Chairman, Mr Alagskomah Asakeya Noble, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga.
Whilst congratulating President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on winning the December 7 election, the UCF paid tribute to the former President John Dramani Mahama for his show of nationalism and patriotism by conceding defeat.
“We also wish to congratulate the former President John Dramani Mahama. His early statement in conceding defeat really averted what could have been political turmoil. By this gesture, he placed the interest of Corporate Ghana far and above his party’s interest,” the statement said.
The statement, however, stressed the need for the new administration to work hard to deliver on its campaign promises to help improve the conditions of the masses, adding; “the expectation of Ghanaians are high.”
It further called on the new administration to ensure that it paid special attention to the implementation of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) by resourcing it adequately to deliver effectively on its core mandate.
It, however, cautioned the Government not to rush to change SADA to the Northern Development Authority (NDA) as planned.
“Cadres believe that a lot of work and resources went into that project and more importantly the CEO, Dr Charles Abugre, and his colleagues are in full possession of their faculties. No attempt should, therefore, be made to overhaul SADA now, but rather to give SADA adequate resources to be able to deliver its mandate per the Act”.
It said the consequences of changing SADA now could not be underestimated and that the change would have serious financial implications to the taxpayer because SADA just reconstituted a new management.
The UCF urged the new administration to work towards the maintenance of the current peace and tranquillity the country is enjoying to attract more foreign investors.
The statement reminded all public office holders that probity, accountability and transparency were still as relevant as they were 35 years ago and should, therefore, remain the watchwords of all duty bearers since one day they would individually or collectively be called upon to account for their stewardship.
The UCF proposed a stakeholders’ conference comprising traditional authorities, the Inter-party Advisory Committee, representatives from religious bodies, the National Peace Council, Civil Society Organisations, party executives at all levels, assembly members, youth groups, and Association of Persons with Disability should be held to forestall post election violence .