General News of Thursday, 9 February 2017
Supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), especially those in the Ashanti Region, should be patient with President Akufo-Addo with regards to the appointments he is making, Dr Kwame Amoako Tuffuor, a leading member of the NPP in the Ashanti Region, has said.
According to him, concerns being expressed by some party executives in the region that Ashantis have been neglected by the president should be disregarded because the president is not done with the appointments. The appointments to come are more than the ones he has made so far, hence there will be no need to panic.
His comments follow concerns raised by some members of the communication team of the NPP in the region that only a handful of persons who hail from the NPP’s stronghold have been given appointments in the government of Mr Akufo-Addo.
Raphael Patrick Sarfo, a member of the communications team in the region, told Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Thursday February 9 that the seemingly neglect of people from the region by the president was creating a lot of apprehension among regional executives.
He said: “I think the regional balance in the appointments by the president is right, however only a few people from the Ashanti Region have been given appointments. Even those few people are not known to the regional executives and that is a concern for us all.”
But allaying the fears of the regional communicator, Dr Tuffuor said: “There are board chairmanship positions, ambassadorial positions, deputy ministerial positions, and several other appointments the president is yet to make.
“I can assure you that the president will appoint all the people who matter and are competent to help him govern the country. And so if you haven’t heard your name as at now, there is the need for you to exercise restraint, because the appointments have not been concluded. The president will not disappoint the people of the Ashanti Region; that is a fact.”