The New Patriotic Party, NPP, has marked its 21st Anniversary yesterday with a commitment to remain strong in the coming years.? At a flag raising ceremony in Accra to kick start the celebrations, the Deputy Communications Director, Sammy Awuku, told the supported that the party has gone through successive reforms, positioning the party to firmly deliver on its mandate.

The party according to him is grateful to God and supporters for rallying behind it in trial times when the going was tough, indicating that it was with the commitment by members that the party was able to overcome the challenges it was confronted with.

On his part, the National Chairman of the party Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has this to say, “We are celebrating the 21st anniversary of our party in conditions very favorable to the forces of democracy, justice and free market economy.”

He note that upon the party coming to power in 2001, Ghana experienced tremendous economic and social transformation that are manifested in Health, Education, Agriculture, Youth and Women empowerment and other sectors of our economic and social life.

He mentioned that since the inception of the fourth Republic, the NPP has been the most successful in initiating and implementing pro-poor policies and programs in the country.

Some of these enviable policies and programmes, he stated include, the NHIS, NYEP (GYEEDA), School Feeding Programme, Free Maternal Health Care, Metro Mass Transport System, Mass Cocoa Spraying among others.

There were also massive infrastructural developments in the country: construction of roads, schools, hospitals, and sports stadium.

According to him the party wanted to add more viable programs like free SHS and many more, and hope that when the party assumes the mantle of leadership again, its government will ensure that comes to fruition.

He said that the introduction of the NYEP (GYEEDA) in particular provided a comprehensive Youth empowerment and development strategy which helped alleviate the plight of the Ghanaian Youth in the formal and informal sectors in terms of job creation.

?It is however regrettable to say that, the same policy which has been re-christened as GYEEDA is being used as a vehicle by unscrupulous persons in governance today to loot the State of its already scarce resources. As a result, the policy has virtually been collapsed by these acts of massive corruption,? he said.

“As we celebrate 21 years, the NPP continues to spearhead radical democratic and electoral reforms in the country. This is evidenced in the resort to constitutional means of addressing grievances, as it is currently ongoing at the Supreme Court.”

He therefore wished numerous youthful and party supporters well as it celebrates its anniversary.

In attendance were the 2012 flag bearer of the party, Nana Akufo Addo and representatives from other political parties.


Source: Amadu Badar/The Moment


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