“You can fool all the people some of the times, some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time “~ Abraham Lincoln.
The National Democratic Democratic Congress (NDC) thrives on sophistry, half truths, propaganda and in most part, outright lies. A few days ago, some members of the NDC went onto the streets of Wa, to demonstrate against what they termed as government’s refusal to open the Wa airport to traffic. This was a day after the Upper West Regional Minister, Honorable Bin Salih Hafiz had a press briefing, to apprise the good people of the region on the Nana Addo’s government’s efforts at bringing development to the people in the last two and half years. In the briefing, the regional minister gave a comprehensive account of the developmental projects and programmes in the Upper West Region.
Among other things, the Honorable Bin Salih touched on security, education, sanitation, planting for food and jobs, health, infrastructure, of which the state of the airport was given and some actionable activities going on now were announced.
Not withstanding the minister’s efforts, and to hoodwink the people into believing, that, they are the ones that care, they went onto the street to tell one lie, after the other. The regional communication officer the NDC, Mr. Prosper Puo-ire lied without a modicum of shame, when he told the whole world, that the Wa airport “has become a tourist site” and that, it is only opened to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and the Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
We learnt with utter dismay and absolute bewilderment, that the flagbearer of the NDC, Mr. John Dramani Mahama was in Wa and that he came by air. May we be told, whether the NDC flagbearer landed in the bush? Did he not land in the Wa airport that is only opened to the president and his vice? Is John Dramani Mahama now the president or the veep? What lies did Prosper Puo-ire and the NDC tell in the past? How many lies are they yet to tell?
As the honorable regional minister said when he addressed the region through the media, the lives of the people are of paramount importance to the president than the temporary benefits associated with deception. The government is committed to the course of development and the airport will be opened to traffic as and when it is deemed fit. No amount of malicious lies can push the government into risking the lives of the population. We all know the devastation associated with aircraft accidents and so the government will not succumb to any needless pressures from rabid opposition characters.
We will like to encourage our good friends to hasten slowly, for the political journey is not a hundred metres dash, but a long marathon race. It is not proper for them to continue to bruish their collective image this terribly in the name of partisanship.
We will further urge the NDC to eat the humble pie by rendering an unqualified apology to his excellency the president of the republic of Ghana and to tell the people of the Upper West Region that they lied to them on the 12th June 2019.