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A Political observer and Head of the Linguistics Department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, has hit hard at members of Ghanaís biggest opposition party, particularly those from the Ashanti Region, for what he describes as a ďgradual softening of stance on the policies spelt out by the incumbent government.

Dr. Charles Marfo, who was speaking on Ultimate Radioís Whatís Going On programme, is of the view that the vibrancy that characterizes an opposition in parliament in critiquing policies and putting government on its toes is losing its pace.

ďI donít see the present administration being challenged very much by the opposition we have. The minority seems to be condoning and abetting whatever is being perpetrated on us. Unfortunately I donít see any alternative views anywhereĒ he opined.

Dr. Marfo, who was commenting on the Presidentís state of the nation address delivered to Parliament on Tuesday, took it out hardly on the minority legislators of the opposition New Patriotic Party, particularly those from the Ashanti Region, for doing little to prove a formidable front in projecting national issues often glossed over by the incumbent administration.

ďWe are expecting so much from the minority MPs especially those from the Ashanti Region which has a majority of its parliamentarians. You donít even see a connection amongst them; you donít see statements from them. Gone are the days when immediately after a budget was read by the government, you will find the opposition coming out with some kind of alternatives but all these things have stoppedĒ he lamented with disappointment.

According to Dr. Charles Marfo, the posturing of the minority caucus in Tuesdayís state of the nation address betrayed a certain level of connivance and sympathy towards President John Dramani Mahama.

ďSometimes, I am tempted to believe they are in the same business the President and his cohorts are involved in and cannot solve, and so could therefore not talk about themĒ he said.

He believes the minorityís authority and responsibility to offer alternative solutions to the nationís problems is gradually being compromised. He called on the opposition members of parliament to prove themselves worthy of their worth in bringing up alternatives and prove more vibrant in holding the majority side of government to task.
Source: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie

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