The Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, says President Akufo-Addo is not nepotistic, and never has been, in his distribution of state resources across the country.
Frema Osei Opare, who is the first woman to occupy the office of Chief of Staff in Ghana, made this observation when she addressed journalists at the voter registration centre in the Presby Junior High School in Abotsiman, East Legon, in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency of Accra. She was registering to vote in the lead-up to the 7 December 2020 general election.
“Akufo-Addo is one leader that thinks of everybody’s interests. He looks at what will benefit the whole country. He doesn’t think in a parochial manner. He looks at what will benefit the whole nation,” the Chief of Staff said.
Justifying her assertion, the Chief of Staff cited the government’s flagship Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme, which was introduced in 2017 and has so far increased intake in secondary schools across the country.
She also noted the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme, which has benefited university graduates in all 254 districts in the country. These, together with recent decisions of government to give free water and electricity to the people of Ghana, she said, are evidence of the fatherly heart of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Call to register
In her remarks, the Chief of Staff called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to overlook the rhetoric of naysayers in the country and come out for the last phase of the Electoral Commission’s exercise and register.
She added that the 2020 election is a crucial exercise which will greatly affect the development direction of the country and that every Ghanaian must endeavour to participate in it.
“I want to encourage everyone who is yet to register to come out and have a voice, because if you don’t have a voice, you may see something that you don’t want to see,” she said.
Commends the EC
The Chief of Staff commended the Electoral Commission (EC) and registration officials for their professionalism and the patriotism with which they have gone about the registration exercise.
After registering, the Chief of Staff toured several registration centres in Ayawaso West Wuogon in the company of the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Lydia Alhassan.
Tour of centres
The centres they visited included Emmanuel Eye Clinic A and B in East Legon, as well as the Bani Hostel, Legon Hall Annex, Valco Hall, Jubilee Hall, Limann Hall and Kwapong Hall, all of which are on the University of Ghana campus.
The team also gave out made in Ghana products such as hand sanitiser, Ekumfi Juice and Nutri-Snack biscuits to all prospective voters at the various registration centres, as well as to the EC registration officials.
Wilberforce Asare / Asare Radio