President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been hailed for giving all the three Members of Parliament from Tema, appointments, most especially Hon. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus- Glover.
While the MPs for Tema West and Tema Central, Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah and Hon. Kofi Brako, respectively, are a source of gratitude, Tema East’s Titus-Glover is seen as the real gem.
A number of colleague ministers, on Sunday, openly sang Titus’ praises like the canary bird at a program to honor some pioneers of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Tema.
The program to honor these pioneers some of who are also veteran politicians had also seen the Tema mayor praising Titus- Glover and even an executive member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) doffing a hat for the MP.
It had been crowned with the commissioning of a new office building that the Tema East MP has built for the party.
The program, dubbed “Honoring of Heroes” had been a platform for honoring pioneers of the NPP in Tema, including Hon. Abraham Ossei-Aidooh, former Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Manye Ashorkor, the NPP’s first-ever Women’s Organizer for Tema and one Ashitey Larbi Pro, a driver for the first ever MP for Tema, Bruce Kondua.
Others are the current Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, and Hon. Anim Addo.
Hon. Titus-Glover had awarded them with various sums of money and citations for their pioneering roles in the establishment of the NPP’s presence in Tema where it has since grown up strongly and is dominating.
The story is told of how Hon. Abraham Ossei-Aidooh had carried the NPP from Accra to Tema, and, figuratively, carried the party on his head like a local head porter, “Kayayoo,” to hawk it door to door.
Hon. Aidooh is hailed for attracting many influential people, including current regional minister, Ishmael Ashitey, into the NPP.
At speech time, speaker after speaker praised President Akufo-Addo for appointing Titus-Glover as a Deputy Minister, saying the man who organized the program to award the veterans is an asset to the party in Tema.
Hon. Oko Boye, MP for Ledzokuku, recounted how, when he had first been invited to the Flagstaff House, it had taken Titus-Glover to break the ice for him and weave him into the acquaintance of the party’s leaders at the seat of government.
The Teshie MP’s point was that Titus is a well connected, well respected man who is an asset to NPP people within Tema, praising the President for strategically positioning such an asset.
Mayor for Tema, Hon. Felix Mensah Annang-La, also praised Titus- Glover for his sense of industry taking the opportunity to assure Tema youth that the Akufo-Addo government is already en route to creating more jobs for them.
Hon. Annang-La also promised fishermen that plans are afoot to furnish them with more outboard motors.
Other government actors who had been around were the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, and Deputy Minister for the Interior, Henry Quartey.
The occasion had also been graced by the Tema Mantse, Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku ll, and the Stool Secretary for the Tema Traditional Council, Nii Amarh Somponu.
Titus-Glover, who has described himself as a fan of Dance Hall artiste, Shatta Wale, performed a couple of his idol’s songs at the program, singing, chanting and rapping, like the self-acclaimed Dance Hall king himself to the admiration of many.
The Tema East MP then explained that it was important to acknowledge and celebrate the pioneers of the party in Tema because, if today, the NPP can see so far it is because it stands on the shoulders of these gallant pioneers.
The hero had taken steps to plant the seeds that would germinate into the NPP at a time that former President Rawlings’ dictatorial regime had just transitioned into democracy, making it difficult to express dissent. But the pioneers had braved all the difficulties and established the NPP there.
Titus had crowned the program with a commissioning of a new office block that he has put up for the NPP at Tema New Town.
Other guests who attended were Solomon Sackitey, a mayoral nominee, Nene Ofoe Teye, Tema East NPP Chairman, and Stephen Ashitey Adjei, alias Moshake, an Executive Member of Tema East NDC, DCEs, as well as Assembly Members.
Moshake, who had worn an NDC shirt to the program, told journalists after the event that even though he is NDC, it was important that praise was given where it was due.
He said Titus-Glover, Lawyer Abraham Ossei Aidooh, Ishmael Ashitey and others have indeed been assets for the youth of the party in Tema, as had been pointed out by some speakers, adding that it is not only the youth, but the whole party in Tema that has benefited.
He said the decision to award heroes of the NPP was also in order because such acknowledgements encourage others to sacrifice for their parties.
“I can also say that Hon. Titus-Glover, Lawyer Abraham Ossei Aidooh and Ishmael Ashitey have really put Tema on the map. Tema is very popular because of them,” Moshake said.