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… as she cautions Assembly Members to Rethink their stands
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Elizabeth Sackey has observed that the rejection of President Akufo-Addo’s female nominees for Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executive (MMDCE) positions by some Assemblies is not only a discrimination against women, but also a stab in the back of development in such areas.
This according to her is because without MMDCEs in such assemblies development in these areas would be delayed as compared to those assemblies which have endorsed theirs.
She subsequently appealed to such assembly members to wake up from their slumber, regret their action, and rethink. Since such nominees did not present themselves to be voted for, but are nominees of the president for the purposes of development at the local level.
Hon. Sackey expressed these sentiments in an exclusive interview with this paper last Thursday. She opined that the rejection of these women were without reason.
She urged all voting for such nominees – Assembly members, Government Appointees, to think first of development and not personal or selfish interests.
The Deputy Minister maintains that these nominees are also to ensure that the President’s ideas and policies such as “One constituency, one factory, one village one dam are implemented to the latter
“We, as appointees are in tune with the President, and subsequently in hurry with him to transform this country via development. There is therefore no time to waste, as the time is now. Are the Assembly members telling us that they don’t want development in their areas?” she queried.
She argued that by this action, the assembly members are not only closing the door to development in their areas but also to investors as they will also have their reservations concerning the known but rejected nominees.
“if crocodiles eat their own eggs, what wont they do to the flesh of a frog?” She wondered.
Hon. Sackey subsequently called on chiefs and opinion leaders, who witness these elections to stand up and urge assembly members to accept the president’s nominees in order to speed up development in their areas.
“It is for this reason that they are called to the assemblies to witness these events,” she noted.
She commended the Asantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II for showing the way, by asking his chiefs to preserve land for the President’s “1 constituency, 1 factory” slogan.
Touching on specifics, the Minister regretted the rejection of two female nominees – Ms Sara Degbakie Pobee (Ada East) and Jenefa Dede Afagbedzi of La Nkwantanan, Madina, in the Greater Accra Region.
She pointed out that there are Sixteen (16) District Assemblies, and subsequently 16 nominees by the President. Out of this, Five (5) are women, while the remaining Eleven (11) were men.
Regrettably, the Eleven (11) men went through, while only Three (3) out of the Five (5) women went through “Isn’t it amazing?”, she asked rhetorically.
She pointed out that these Two (2) rejected women are women of substance and very hard working. Sarah, she noted, had been an Assembly woman as well as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Deputy Women Organizer for Ada Constituency. She therefore did not see why she should be voted out.
The Minister indicated that under this circumstance, what occurred to her was that, maybe, these women would not allow themselves to be manipulated, hence their rejection.
She could not comprehend why the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, in his wisdom was bringing aboard more women in his administration, Assembly members should disappoint him by voting against his nominated female DCEs, stressing that this was a shame.
“These nominees did not put up themselves to be voted for. They were the President’s nominees, and his choices should have been respected by the assemblymen,” she stressed.
According to the Minister, Ghana needs development and investors to push us through. Therefore if DCEs who should champion this course should be rejected, investor-confidence will sink and therefore hamper the much needed development taunted by the President.
“Assembly members should therefore wake from their slumber and rethink their action to foster rapid development as envisaged by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his NPP-led administration,” she emphasized.
Source: S.O. Ankamah