A group known as NPP Youth For Ashanti Interest(NYFAI) is appealing to President Nana Akufo-Addo to appoint an Ashanti to replace Justin Frimpong Kodua as CEO of the Youth Employment Agency(YEA).

According to the group, it has been observed that, any time that there was a compelling need to replace a government appointee of Ashanti extraction, the appointment went to a non-Ashanti.

It stressed that this trend is gradually decreasing the number of Ashantis occupying certain key positions in the government, thereby dampening our enthusiasm as grassroots and youth of the party in the region.

A statement signed by the group’s Convenor, Yaw Geraldo, noted that “interestingly, these are key government appointees whom the grassroots and youth of the party in the region usually relied on for jobs and other forms of economic support.

“Very key institutions such as the Forestry Commission, the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), and the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) which were all headed by appointees from the Ashanti Region went to replacements from other regions. Same can be said of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. We must even hasten to add that, the above are even the selected ones that we care to mention.”

The statement added: “It is therefore right and appropriate to echo the sentiments of the vast majority of patriots in the region who feel disturbingly threatened that there is no end in sight for this alarming phenomenon, and also use your respective media platforms to humbly and respectfully appeal to the hardworking, caring, compassionate and listening to First Gentleman of the land, His Excellency Akufo-Addo, to consider another competent and hardworking Ashanti as a replacement for the vacant Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we make this passionate call and request because, from all indications, particularly, judging from the mood of our party people on both social media and at the grounds, ever since the YEA position became vacant, they would be highly disappointed if the appointment is given to someone from a different region. This situation, therefore, sets the stage for either a possible paralysis in grassroots mobilization or a renewed sense of commitment among the youth in the region.”

 

Below is the full statement

PRESS RELEASE!!! PRESS RELEASE!!!

REPLACE KODUA WITH AN ASHANTI; A HUMBLE PLEA – NPP Youth For Ashanti Interest (NYFAI)

On behalf of the youth and the teeming New Patriotic Party sympathisers in the Ashanti Region, we thank everyone, particularly, the press for their continued collaboration, support and cooperation with us in our collective resolve to build a better future for the youth of the region, and the country as a whole.

As youth and well-meaning members of the New Patriotic Party in the region, we concern ourselves with the welfare of the region, and also, the progress of the party in the region. We therefore have a couple of important reasons informing this press release. Firstly, we seize this great opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the good people of Ashanti region, Asanteman and beyond, for showing that massive support to the national aspirants from our region, at the recently-held National Delegates Conference at the Accra Sports Stadium. Secondly, it is another good opportunity to congratulate these national aspirants from the region for offering themselves to the cause, interest and service of the party as national officers. This is a great move which underscores and emphasises the fact that, the region is eternally and unswervingly loyal to the party and its great tradition.

Ladies and gentlemen, the mention of loyalty reminds us of what one wise man once said, and it goes “in politics, loyalty is a two-way street”. We absolutely do agree with this statement, and we therefore take advantage of this golden opportunity to say a very big “thank you” to the hardworking President of our dear country, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for rewarding the loyalty and support of this region to our beloved party, with numerous government appointments.

That said; a certain worrying trend has however been observed, and as concerned and well-meaning members of the party in the region, we find it prudent and right to raise it to the attention of both leadership of the party and the government before this unfortunate phenomenon dampens the spirit of our teeming supporters and sympathisers in the region ahead of the 2024 General Elections.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it has been observed that, any time that there was the compelling need to replace a government appointee of Ashanti extraction, the appointment went to a non-Ashanti. It is important to humbly and respectfully stress that, this trend is gradually decreasing the number of Ashantis occupying certain key positions in the government, thereby dampening our enthusiasm as grassroots and youth of the party in the region. Interestingly, these are key government appointees whom the grassroots and youth of the party in the region usually relied on for jobs and other forms of economic support.

Very key institutions such as the Forestry Commission, the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) which were all headed by appointees from the Ashanti Region went to replacements from other regions. Same can be said of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. We must even hasten to add that, the above are even the selected ones that we care to mention.

It is therefore right and appropriate to echo the sentiments of the vast majority of patriots in the region who feel disturbingly threatened that there is no end in sight for this alarming phenomenon, and also use your respective media platforms to humbly and respectfully appeal to the hardworking, caring, compassionate and listening First Gentleman of the land, His Excellency Akufo-Addo, to consider another competent and hardworking Ashanti as replacement for the vacant Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).

Ladies and Gentlemen, we make this passionate call and request because, from all indications, particularly, judging from the mood of our party people on both social media and at the grounds, ever since the YEA position became vacant, they would be highly disappointed if the appointment is given to someone from a different region. This situation therefore sets the stage for either a possible paralysis in grassroots mobilisation or a renewed sense of commitment among the youth in the region.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are of a firm belief that, the hardworking and compassionate President of the Republic, His Excellency Akufo-Addo, would grant our humble request, which will undoubtedly translate into a new and stronger sense of resolve and energy ahead of the 2024 General Elections.

May God bless His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo!
May God bless Ashanti Region!!
May God bless the NPP!!!
May God bless Ghana!!!!

Thank you all for coming

Yaw Geraldo
(Convenor)
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