General News of Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Source: The Finder
A group calling itself Nzema New Patriotic Party (NPP) Youth in the three Nzema constituencies has condemned in the strongest terms the unfortunate tribal statements made by the three chiefs of Nzema.
According to them, the views expressed by the three chiefs do not reflect the views and visions of the peace loving people of Nzema.
A statement, jointly signed by Theophilus Musa Carl Obed Brew and Aaron Angati, the President, Vice-President and Acting Secretary respectively of ‘Train for Change’, explained that there are seven paramount chiefs in the Nzema enclave and their checks have confirmed that the other four were not part of the said press conference are in total disagreement with the unilateral decision by the three chiefs.
“We wish to state, emphatically, that we dissociate ourselves from this unfortunate tribal and ethnocentric statements by the three chiefs.
“We are all Ghanaians and the constitution is very clear on equal job opportunities irrespective of one’s tribe, religion and sex.
“If the Ashanti kingdom were also to decide that all jobs in the Ashanti region should be offered to only Ashantis or the Greater Accra chiefs also were to rise and make statements that jobs on their land should go to only Indigenes, will Ghana be united?”
It stated that jobs should be applied for based on merit, competence and loyalty to Ghana and not tribe.
“If the chiefs in the Northern Region have staged a press conference rejecting the retired Professor, would he have become the acting vice chancellor of University of Development Studies (UDS),” the group said.
According to them, Ghana Gas is not reserved for only Nzema people because it is for Ghanaians and the unfortunate ploy by a few individuals to scuttle the success of the NPP in Nzema would fail.
“We the NPP youth, the entire people of Nzema fully support the appointment of Dr Ben Asante because he is qualified, experienced and better suited for the job”.
“It is within the purview of Awulaemo to lobby for jobs for Nzemas, but it should not be limited to only jobs in the Nzemaland.
“Awulaemo should lobby the president to give us jobs in Tamale, Ho, Tema etc and not tie the hands of the President to specific jobs in Nzema for Nzema people”
“The path taken by the three chiefs is dangerous for the unity of this nation, and we call on all well-meaning Ghanaians, the media, civil societies and our development partners to join us in condemning this tribal and ethnocentric practice.
“We do not wish to denigrate the retired professor, who is using the three chiefs to coerce the President, to give him a job but since he has called for it, we would like him to, honestly, answer the following questions:
“Where was the retired professor when we were campaigning? Does he still stand by his mathematical analysis that Nana Akufo-Addo will not win the 2016 elections?
“Is he still teaching in Kenya as a professor since he was convinced NPP will not win? Did he openly campaign for the NDC and got an award for his so- called efforts?”