Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has urged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Majority Caucus in Parliament and the Executive to work hand-in-hand to promote the communication of government policies, programmes and social interventions to allow the citizenry to appreciate the success story of the government.
Such cooperation, he explained, would ensure effective and efficient articulation of various achievements attained by the government since 2017 in order to break the eight-year electoral jinx in the 2024 polls.
“The art of faith in the president based on political development in the Fourth Republic requires current Majority Caucus and the Executive arm to work diligently and hand-in-hand to ensure we are able to articulate our achievements to break the eight-year election cycle,” Dr Bawumia stressed.
Addressing the opening of a three-day workshop for the Majority Caucus and the Executive at Nkwatia in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region, the Vice President said “the story of the NPP administration in terms of social protection and job creation is largely untold, we took unemployment rate from 12.9 per cent in 2016 to 8.7 per cent as of 2019 and we need to tell our story as to what we have been able to accomplish.
It was attended by the Majority Caucus and the Executive to deliberate on ways to build consensus to pursue the communication of government policies, programmes and social interventions and also discuss ways to brand the NPP administration, how to ensure intra-party cooperation and how the parliamentary processes and proceedings can be harnessed for the success of NPP administration.
“We need to let Ghanaians know how we have been able to reduce, not completely eliminate hardships which was there before we came into government in 2017 and we have done so much and this is an area we should not shy away from,” he noted.
Dr Bawumia indicated that with the NPP having slim majority in Parliament, the Minority Caucus would do everything possible to furiously attack and discredit every government policy, programme and intervention and pointed out that the NDC Caucus would question the government’s promises, achievements and intentions for citizens.
“They will unleash these attacks both on the floor of Parliament and outside the floor and there is no better proof to respond to the attacks to set the records straight and to match them boot for ‘chalewotey’ than Majority Caucus of Parliament,” he intimated.
The Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, said there was the need for MPs to use all social media platforms to communicate the good initiatives, policies, programmes and social interventions to the public adding that “the NPP government has done a lot over the years and there was the need to tell the story of the government to renew their faith and confidence in our administration”.
John Boadu, the General Secretary of the NPP, thanked the leadership of the party for organising the workshop and stated that it provided an opportunity for party- government interaction to enable MPs in majority caucus to engage in conversation to strengthen their role in parliament as well as enhance party government relationship.
FROM AMA TEKYIWAA AMPADU AGYEMAN, KWAHU-NKWATIA