The controversy surrounding President John Evans Atta Mills not having biological children has taken a new twist in the country’s political landscape with the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John), joining in the fray.
Speaking on Okay FM, an Accra-based radio station yesterday in response to the president’s assertion that his government still cared for Ghanaians, Sir John rebutted the assertion, noting that, “if indeed he has been paying school fees, President Atta Mills would have felt the severe economic hardships ordinary Ghanaians are experiencing under his stewardship.”
“My brother, let me state clearly to you that if President Atta Mills is really a father of children, he would know that Ghanaians are paying very expensive money for school fees in this country,” he angrily reiterated.
According to Sir John, the president, from his actions, had no respect for Ghanaians, adding that the president’s visit to the Nima market was just to patronise the populace.
He therefore urged Ghanaians not to allow themselves to be deceived by President Mills intimating that NPP has plans to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians.
“Don’t allow President Mills and his men to sow seeds of confusion in your minds so that you go and vote a party that does not respect you.”
President Atta Mills last Tuesday paid a surprise visit to Maamobi, Nima and Mallam Atta markets, in Accra, to interact with the market folk and find out some the challenges they face in their day to day work and find solutions to them.
The President, was given a rousing welcome in all the three markets, amidst singing, clapping, drumming and dancing by the thrilled crowd: the ecstatic crowd expressed their delight at meeting him.
The crowd chanted songs to acknowledge President Mills, who is seeking a second term on the ticket of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in Election 2012.
At the Maamobi market, President Mills interacted with traders in the vegetable and groceries section, meat and other staples and also went through stalls to inspect the market.
Some of the challenges put before the president at the market included congestion, poor sanitation, old structures, poor drainage and threat by land owners to eject the traders due to niggling land litigations.
The president intimated that there would be visible changes at the markets after his visit, adding that government had plans for the market women and traders.
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