PRESIDENT’s NOMINATIONS: MATTERS ARISING

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has for the past few weeks began putting together a team of ministers and other appointees to help him govern the country.

This is no easy task for the President, as expectations of individuals, pressure groups and opinion leaders for their favourites to be included in the new government are high.

Already, The Ghanaian Times has reported trouble is brewing in the Tatale/Sanguli District, of the Northern Region, over speculations that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has eyed Thomas Mbomba, a top New Patriotic Party (NPP), member, for the position of District Chief Executive (DCE).

Subsequently, youth groups, known to be supporters of the NPP, demonstrated and presented a petition to the Paramount Chief of Tatale, Obori Yankosui, expressing their anger over the purported nomination of the Mr. Mbamba, for consideration as DCE.

Additionally, some unidentified group of people attacked the Tatale/Sanguli NPP Constituency Acting Chairman, Charles Bitim, and threatened to cause havoc, if the President carries out his intention when news about Mr. Mbamba’s nomination spread through the town.

In the midst of the confusion, there were also reports of gunshots in the area last week, and some teachers as well as workers resident in Tatale, for fear for their lives have abandoned schools and work and left town.

Business operators were also reluctant to open their shops, and non-indigenous people are leaving Tatale because of the precarious situation.

The Times is concerned about the insecurity in the area and surprised at the security threat that has engulfed the area due to the purported nomination of an individual to serve the people.

Whether that is true or not, it is common place for individuals as well as political stakeholders to lobby or engage in consultations for the appointments of efficient and effective persons to participate in governance and nation building.

It is, however, worrying to note that the Tatale/Sanguli youth in expressing their views on the purported move by the President to nominate a DCE, who they do not favour, would resort to acts that can create insecurity.

We are gratified that a team of police cum military personnel have been dispatched to Tatale/Sanguli to maintain peace and order in the area.

The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, gave the assurance that security personnel would remain in the area till such time that absolute peace return to the district.

However, the police alone cannot bring peace to the area, and we appeal to the people to desist from engaging in lawlessness to ensure peace in the area.

We should not allow violence and acrimony to take the centre stage of the President’s efforts at assembling a team to assist him to fufil his mandate to the people.

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