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Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Malik Kwaku Baako
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Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Malik Kwaku Baako, says the ruling NDC’s fad for sod-cutting ceremonies other than seeing to the actual implementation of proposed projects is simply a propaganda drive.

According to him, it appears the NDC government’s obsession with sod cutting was to let the electorate believe that the Mills-Mahama administration was hard at work.

“It looks as if the many sod cutting was more of a propaganda drive to let people think that they are working. Cutting several sods all over the place within a short span of time to have a propaganda advantage or propaganda capital to say that this is the best performing government since independence,” he noted.

His comment is in relation to the furore that has arisen as a result of the delay in the construction of the University of Allied Health Sciences in the Volta region, leading to street protests. It would be recalled that President Mills broke ground for the construction of the University several months ago but work is yet to commence, despite a promise by government officials that admissions start in September this year.

The delay in the construction of the University to be sited in the Volta region and the completion of the Eastern Corridor road led to a group calling itself NDC Youth for Action hitting the streets in protest on Wednesday calling for the immediate resignation of the Regional Minister Joseph Amenowode and the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Isaac Kodobisah, accusing them of incompetence.

According to the group, the famous culture of sod cutting and commissioning of projects which have become synonymous with the President John Mills administration –throughout his regional tours- is yet to be seen in Volta Region largely because there are no projects to commission.

The few sods which were cut in the region in respect of a University and the Eastern Corridor Road Project are yet to see the light of day, claims the NDC Youth for Action group.

Prez Mills (in red helmet) cuts sod for Road construction in Ho last year.
Mr. Baako, who was contributing to discussions on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme, stated that the NDC youth group had a legitimate concern for embarking on the demonstration.

He added that for the demonstration to be staged by members of the ruling NDC from the party’s “World Bank” is testament that too much propaganda does not produce results.

“There is a deficit between what we are being told is on the ground and what the people on the ground themselves are feeling and seeing. In this case, is it not interesting that it is the NDC constituents, that is, party members in the party’s stronghold who are saying that they aren’t satisfied with the level of development in the region? This is not coming from opposition unit or constituents so we have to be very careful that too much propaganda,” he noted.
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