General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu has called the bluff of some party supporters who have threatened to stop the 2021 Annual Delegates Conference slated for Kumasi in the coming weekend.
During a march on the party’s Ashanti Regional Secretariat last week, a group of party faithful calling themselves ‘Asanteman Nkosuo NPP Mpuntuo’ warned national executives to consider another venue for the Annual Delegates Conference or face their wrath if they insist on holding the 3-day event in Kumasi.
But reacting to the concerns raised by the group in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by Mynewsgh.com on Monday, party scribe John Boadu described their threats as “empty, laughable and anti-party”.
“Who are they to say that they would stop the whole party from holding our conference in Kumasi; they simply have no power to do so and I think if they are real party supporters, they would not be behaving this way. It’s funny that they think they can stop the party from going on with the conference”, he said.
John Boadu challenged the members of the group not to expect any special considerations for job placements but rather take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by the government to apply for jobs like any other Ghanaian would do.
He said the government cannot provide jobs for everybody at a go, but it has provided adequate opportunities for the Ghanaian youth to get employed into the various sectors including security, health, education and entrepreneurship.
The General Secretary also said adequate opportunities would be provided for youth entrepreneurship in the proposed “YouStart” initiative in the 2022 Budget.
The membership of the group consists of identifiable groups like motor riders, Adum Petty Traders, NAFOP, and the Mamprusi Youth Association from all the 47 constituencies in the Ashanti Region.
The protesters said they have not benefitted anything for their efforts at bringing the party to power since 2016; they accused the government and party executives of sidelining their members for appointments and various recruitments into the public sector, leaving them to the mercy of hunger and hardships.
“We have gained nothing from the NPP since we toiled for the party to assume the reins of power in 2016. We are currently at the NPP party office, and we have a place here. We are here to ask Chairman Wontumi, who is the Regional Chairman, that has there not been any benefit for the party’s identifiable groups since 2016”, Chairman of the group, Issah Ababio told journalists on the day of the protest.