STATEMENT BY THE VOLTA PATRIOTIC FORUM ON THE SUSPENSION OF PIUS ENAM HADZIDE, AS DEPUTY MINISTER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS

The Volta Patriotic Forum is in a state of shock over the decision by the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo to use our Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, as a sacrificial lamb over the horrible visa scandal that has rocked the NPP government.
The forum is of the view that the former deputy Minister was unfairly victimised. The conduct of the Jubilee House, to throw Pius Enam Hadzide under the bus, and not the substantive Minister , Honourable Isaac Asiamah, for the disgraceful conduct, is again a clear manifestation of the UP tradition’s attitude towards non-Akan appointees.
It would be recalled that not too long ago, the former Upper West Regional Minister was also pushed out of the Nana Akuffo Addo-led government over the behaviour of the Invincible Forces. When the kinsman of the President, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta, the Finance Minister, was cited in an alleged malfeasance in the 2.25 billion Bond, he was quickly cleared.
Again, another kinsman of the President’s, Carlos Ahenkorah (Deputy Trades Minister) was recently implicated in the infamous Cash for Seat scandal, but was quickly cleared of all wrongdoing. The BOST scandals are still fresh in our minds, but why is the CEO of BOST still at post?

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 The NPP government is clearly demonstrating that they still believe in the position of the late Victor Owusu; that Voltarians are inward looking people. In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfo, now Senior Minister, was heard on tape advising his party supporters not to support individuals coming from regions without natural resources.

It must be stated, for the avoidance of doubt, that the Volta Patriotic Forum fully supports any effort by government to fight corruption. This effort at fighting the canker, nonetheless, must not be fought on the basis of tribal lines.

We wish to appeal to government to do everything possible to repair the harm the scandal is causing our country. We wish to know the role played by the substantive Minister, Hon. Isaac Asiamah, as far as the scandal is concerned.

The forum is convinced that Pius Enam Hadzide is not the only one to take responsibility when the Sector Minister is still at post at the time of the scandal. We believe the substantive Minister was in the know as far as the visa for NPP activists, parading themselves as Journalists, is concerned; and it is our conviction that any objective enquiry or inquest into the matter will reveal same to be true.

If the Deputy Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, needs must take the fall, then the substantive sector Minister, Hon. Isaac Asiamah, under whose marching orders and directions the Deputy acts, must take a heavier fall to prove the government’s genuineness and seriousness in the fight against corruption.

SIGNED
DEL BRIGHT
Convenor, Volta Patriotic Forum
0244 48 07 26
12th April, 2018
 

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