The National organiser of the opposition National democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamid Akamba has dared the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to do their worst to him if he campaign in schools.
Mr Akamba said this while reacting to a letter from the Asuogyaman District office of the Ghana Education Service that requested head teachers of some twelve basic and Senior High Schools in the district to line up pupils on the streets to welcome the president Akufo-Addo.
In the said letter, the District Education Director, Mavis O. Yirenkyi, requested that the pupils be lined up “along the principal streets from New Akrade, through Atimpoku to Akosombo” to welcome the President, who is on a tour to the Eastern Region today, November 22, 2018.
But speaking to Kwame Minkah, host of ‘Ete Sen’ on Radio XYZ 93.1, Mr Akamba, who was furious about the GES directive, indicated that the pupils could be harmed while they are on the streets.
“it’s not fair to be doing this to the pupils. Their parents can afford a three square meal because of your bad governance and you are asking their kids to line up under the scorching sun to welcome you. That’s not right,” said Akamba.
He questioned the rationale behind the decision, arguing that the NPP-led government was pervading politics into the pupils whereas they, through the GES, had warned the opposition NDC not to engage students on political issues.
He said the president would ensure placards that are given to the pupils would bear inscriptions that favours the ruling party, contesting that “that’s also politics.”
“What has changed? Or is Nana Akufo-Addo not a politician? Is he above the law to be doing that?” he asked and dared them [NPP] to come after him if he visit schools and talk to pupils political issues.
“…Send a word to them [NPP] that the fact that they have given directive and have flouted, I, Joshua Akamba will start going to the schools. They can come and shoot me,” he said with fury.
When Kwame reminded him that he had been warned not to enter schools and talk to students about political issues, following his encounter with the police after his interview with students of Tempane Senior High School about the inconveniences the introduction of the Free SHS programme has brought on them, Akamba said he did not care, especially when the president had commenced that.
“I will enter the schools. I will go. I won’t take those directives because they themselves are not working with it. I’m going to start visiting the schools and do more of what I did,” he added.
By: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com