mahamaPressure groups from across the country continue to mount pressure on President John Dramani Mahama to ensure what they ?believe is their due representation in his government.?

Last Friday morning?s meeting of some youthin Mfantsiman in the Central Region, calling themselves the Mfantsiman Youth Association (MYA,) against the suspected exclusion of the former deputy Central Region Minister, Hon. Aquinas Tawiah-Quansah,?from President Mahama?s cabinet, was only a dramatization of a worrying trend in Ghanaian politics where groups now openly call for appointments of countrymen into positions of choice.

The action by the youth followed the announcement of Mr. E. K. T. Addo, as Minister-designate for the Central Region.

Unfortunately for President Mahama, the announcement of Mr. Addo, as the Minister-designate for the Central Region, which came shortly after a chief from his area had loudly lobbied for that very position for him, has only gone to reinforce the view that putting pressure on the President is the way to go, even if the two events were coincidental.
The messages of congratulations from various traditional leaders and youth groups to kinsmen proposed for these positions also make ministerial appointments look more of a regional or group prize instead of national positions for service.

For missing out on a new ministry they thought was rightfully theirs, the youth group in Mfantseman led by its Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Eshun, at a press conference in Saltpond said Hon. Tawiah Quansah, who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mfantseman West constituency, deserves promotion because of his hard work which led to the defeat of the former Information Minister, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, in the December 7 2012 parliamentary election.

Continuing, Mr. Eshun noted that such an elevation will be a form of compensation to the late President John Evans Atta Mills who hailed from the Mfantsiman area.

The youth made it clear that they are ?totally disappointed that Hon. Tawiah Quansah?s name was not mentioned in the batches of the ministerial positions of the new administration.?

The youth used the occasion to call on the central government to impress upon the contractors who were constructing the road leading to Otuam, the home-town of the late President Atta Mills, to expedite action on the project.



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