A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has contradicted comments by members of his party who oppose contents of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent State of the Nation Address.
Enoch Teye Mensah, a former Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, says the President’s address on Tuesday adequately reflected the true state of the nation.
“Anybody who wants to debate it here doesn’t know what he is talking about,” he said in an interview with online news portal Ghanaweb.
This view is in sharp contrast to the position of members of the opposition NDC, who see the President’s address as merely an exercise to present a downbeat assessment of the economy.
During a presser shortly after the President’s maiden address, the NDC Minority described the presentation as fraught with inaccuracies and untruths.
“Nana Addo created an omission when he said charity begins at home, but failed to utter a word on the Bimbilla clashes, so we remind him that it is not just about what happens elsewhere but in his backyard. He is concerned about developments in The Gambia, and we are also concerned about the insecurity in Bimbilla, and we have already put them on alert that let nobody come tomorrow regretting that there is an incident in Bawku or in Yendi and now we are coming to single out life and property to be lost.
“I think they must act on their intelligence. We heard practically nothing about Brexit and its implications on our trade relations with the UK. On health, he only decided to talk about the NHIS. The President was more on ‘statement of problems’ than suggesting solutions,” Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, had said during the press conference.
However, in a short one minute and forty-four seconds video, the former Ningo-Prampram legislator sought to defend the President, arguing that the president’s address was without fault.
“It was fantastic. This is his maiden address to the nation and he touched on all the salient points,” said E.T. shortly after the President’s address in Parliament.
E.T. Mensah’s pronouncement is a divergence from Ghana’s political culture where members of a political party are wont to support the position taken by their parties on any matter.