REGIONAL ministers have expressed dismay at what they described as the recent outbursts, comments and unfair criticisms levelled by some leading members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the Executive Arm of Government and in particular, President J. E. A. Mills.
They stated that as they were not against individual or collective criticisms about the governance style of President Mills, what was distasteful was that the criticisms had been carried out without decorum and circumspection.
In a press statement issued by the ministers after a meeting in Kumasi on Friday to review pertinent issues, which arose out of the March 9-13, 2010, 2nd Regional Ministers’ Conference in Sunyani, the ministers took a serious look at the recent developments within the NDC and their implications for the future of the party.
At the meeting chaired by the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, the ministers observed that the negative developments perpetrated by some NDC party members did not promote cohesion, integration and good governance to effectively prosecute the "Better Ghana Agenda".
The ministers observed that President Mills was only one and half years old in a four-year mandate given him by Ghanaians and that it was "totally unacceptable and unfair for anyone or group of people to begin contemplating on a presidential candidate bid for election 2012".
According to them, the move "was unprecedented and at variance with the NDC party constitution".
The ministers’ statement added: "Let us remind members of the NDC family that loyalty to the President and the leader of the NDC party at all times must be total and unwavering, just as it happened between 1993 – 2001."
They expressed their unalloyed and unflinching support to President Mills for his unique leadership style for the achievement of a Better Ghana Agenda.
They called on all NDC members and Ghanaians in general to give President Mills the needed support to enable him deliver what was best to the nation.
Again, the ministers, called on the general public to refrain from actions and utterances that tended to distract the government from achieving its manifesto, objectives and aspirations.
"In conclusion, we appeal to President Mills to remain resolute and focused in prosecuting his mandate in his bid to better the lot of Ghanaians," the statement said.
Present at the meeting were the Ashanti Regional Minister, Kofi Opoku-Manu, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashitey, the Eastern Regional Minister, Michael Ofosu Ampofo, the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, the Volta Regional Minister, Doe Amenowode, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo and the Upper East Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo.
Other ministers included the Northern Regional Minister who is also the acting Regional Minister for the Upper West Region, Bukari Moses Mabenga and the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo who represented the Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe.