Accra, Supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) across the country seem not to have gotten over their 2016 defeat as they continue to accuse the party’s hierarchy of amassing wealth and yet doing little to improve their lot while in power.
This deepening despondency and distrust from party members has greatly influenced the campaign of most Flagbearer aspirants of the NDC, but one in particular has been consistent with his message of building a party and a government that empowers and rewards astute and hardworking party members without endangering the development of the party.
Goosie Tanoh is an avowed critic of government that created structures that prioritised the welfare of party members above that of very Ghanaian, but held a strong belief that structures could be put in place to ensure that members benefited from their handwork.
He has throughout his campaign promised to lead the NDC into the 2020 election given strong assurances that party members would be better off under his leadership as Flagbearer.
This was the number one refrain in his addresses to delegates at separate meetings at Sandema, Zuaruugu, Navrongo, Talensi, Bongo, Tongo and Fumbisi, Bawku and Chiana- paga during his campaign tour of the Upper East region.
He added that; ” I will never forget you, grassroots is in my blood and cannot let you down, if you vote for me as your flagbearer”.
Goosie Tanoh, a chief cadre and a founding member of the party is proposing a mechanism that would both ensure the activities of the party were financed by the grassroots and create job opportunities for teeming jobless members of the party.
He said Youth unemployment which was becoming a national security challenge affecting millions of young Ghanaians was also on his radar as the NDC Flagbearer aspirant promised to work with community members to integrate Agriculture with industry to create sustainable jobs.
Even though he was cautious with his promises to delegates on the campaign trail in order not to attract the chagrin of the grassroots, he gave the assurance that if given the nod, communities across the country would witness a major economic change.
”Development does not come from flagstaff house, it starts from communities like, Navrongo, Bawku, Fumbisi, Bongo etc,” he indicated at one of his engagements with delegates during the campaign tour.
He said he would train and educate party activists to lead development in their various communities.
MrTanoh assured that resources and tools needed to push such an economic drive would be made available to ensure increased access to employment for women and youth through an initiative that would drive a shift from agriculture to agribusiness in order to revitalise and make the industry more attractive and profitable.
If we want to see all this development, then we have to finance our party, we have to make contributions by paying our party dues regularly to ensure there is enough money to undertake such projects.
We cannot take government’s money to finance our party, government’s money is for the people of Ghana and not for only NDC members, we must own our party with our own resources.
If we love NDC like we love our churches, we must make Susu (daily contributions) to finance party activities”, Goosie Tanoh admonished.
Mr Tanoh was saddened at the level of neglect of grassroots members and promised to change the story if given the chance to lead the party as its Flagbearer for the 2020 presidential elections.
He has already met and interacted with delegates in some part of Volta region, Greater Accra region, Central, Upper West and Upper East and is currently in the Northen region.
Grassroots empowerment, job creation, respect for party structures and accountable and principled leadership has been his talking points.
Source: Ghana News Agency