Hon John Majisi
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi Nchumuru, Hon John Majisi, has commended the Police and officers of the Bureau of National Investigation(BNI) for averting what he said, “a bloody conflict” between youth of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Nation Democratic Co guess (NDC) in the Volta Region.
On Tuesday,May 15, tension rose high between supporters of the main opposition NDC and the governing NPP in Chinderi, the District capital of the Krachi Nchumuru District, following an order that former President JohnMahama’s image be removed from the Nchuruman Community Day Senior High School building.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Augustine Appiah, who reportedly gave the order for the removal, claimed his action had the blessing of the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr Maxwell Blagogie.
According to the DCE, the said school, though constructed by the former President during the NDC administration, is a national property, and, therefore, no one has the right to place his image on such an asset.
The action met reprisal resistance by youth from the camp of the opposition NDC, which nearly ignited political violence in the District.
But speaking to THE REPUBLIC in parliament on the matter, Hon Majisi said, had it not been the timely intervention of the security personnel, the situation could have turned into a chaos between youth of the two leading political parties in the constituency.
H said, in his considered opinion, the removal of the former President portrait from a Community Senior High School (E-block), is unnecessary and not the best interest of the good people of Nchuruman.
According to him, the act is trivial and a waste of time and resources, stating, ” there are more pressing developmental projects that need attention of the government of the day and I think that is what the DCE and the Deputy Minister should be concentrated on.”
He added that, roads and other important projects that were commenced under the previous government have been halted, making lives unbearable for the people and the removal of former President image on school building is a misplaced priority.
“I think that action undertaken by the DCE and the Deputy Minister was needless because that is not what Ghanaians need at the moment. We have several uncompleted school buildings across the region and uncompleted roads that the government must complete, not the removal of images on school building.”
“This is very trivial in my opinion, we cannot turn ourselves into doing this for our people as politicians, I don’t understand this kind of politics”Hon Majisi said.
The MP also commended the HeadMaster and Students of the school for leading the resistance to the removal of the image of the former President on the Nchumuruman Community SHS.
The headmaster and his students, he said resisted the DCE and his youth on grounds that the action was not sanctioned or backed by the Ghana Education Services(GES) and that before such action is taking, the DCE should seek clearance or prove orders from the GES to remove the photos.
A billboard-size image of the former president is on almost all the structures across the country, for which, Hon Majisi questioned whether the DCE action was a national orders or just for the Nchuruman Community Day SHS?.
He condemned the action and called for an end to such actions in the constituency for that was not what the NPP was voted for.
The Nchuruman Community Day SHS was one of the schools built by the NDC as part of the 200 schools promised during the 2012 elections and was commissioned by the former President before the 2016 general elections.
Even though the NDC promised 200 of such schools across the country by the end of their four year tenure, only about 123 are believed to have been commenced, some completed as of the time they left power in January 2017.
Source: the republic need online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba