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Prof Mills deserves it!

The development of every country is undoubtedly dependent on the output of her citizens. Ghana, having realized the foregoing, instituted the President’s State Awards, the primarily objective of which is to reward hard work and exemplarily leadership.

                                        

The beauty of such a national measure, if not safeguarded against the myopic sectional interest of certain citizens, promises to be muddied in the not-too-distant future, especially in the face of the country’s unrivalled credential as a success story of democracy on the restive continent of Africa.

 

About three weeks ago, the President, H.E. J.A Kufuor, in consultation with the Council of State, short listed certain hardworking compatriots to be honoured with awards for their meritorious services towards national development. Among the recipients of the president’s prerogative included the Asantehene, Otumfuo (Dr) Osei Tutu II, and Prof John Evans Atta Mills, the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

 

Like most of the nominated recipients for the awards, Prof Mills’ nomination could not have been informed by any other (unknown) reason than the conspicuous fact that he has selflessly dedicated his entire life to public service, having lectured at the Ghana Law School for 25 years and ultimately ascending to the number two highest position on the land, that is, as the country’s Vice President between 1996-2000.

 

In fact, his shortfalls as a human being made up of flesh and blood can also not be overlooked.

 

But it was not shortly after the Castle’s publicity machinery had announced the president’s nominees for this year’s award than this ignited opposition and harsh criticisms from within the top-notch circles of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to Prof Mills’ nomination.

 

According to this anti-Mills school of thought, composed by the NPP triumvirate of Prof Michael Oquaye, the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabeya, Hon P.C. Appiah-Ofori, the NPP MP for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, and John Boadu, the NPP National Youth Organiser, President Kufuor’s nomination of the learned law professor is synonymous to an endorsement of the NDC’s presidential bid, most especially when the country gears towards December 7.

 

Consequently, the aforementioned triumvirate are wishing and actually working towards the exclusion of Prof Mills’ name from the list of nominees for the year’s award, according to credible information available to us.

 

As much as we hold no grudge to any citizen’s legitimate right to freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed under the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana, Adwoamanu wishes to put on record, and for the knowledge of Ghanaians, particularly political operatives, that the arguments advanced by the aforementioned triumvirate are shallow and superficial to deny the learned law Professor state award.

 

Contrary to the views of three ruling party members, the President’s decision does not in any way equal an endorsement of Prof Mills’ presidential candidature, but only a reflection of good leadership and fairness which should be a sine qua non of every democratic dispensation.

 

adwoamanu therefore states that the nomination of people for national awards and honours must never in anyway be dictated or influenced by any sectional considerations (known locally as ‘kokofu’ ballgame), but purely on merit!

 

It is time that fellow compatriots shelve their individual and parochial corporate/sectional interests to allow our common agenda as a country with a common destiny reign supreme.

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Editorial, Features | Leave a comment