The District Chief Executive for Bole, Alhaji Sampson Abudu has observed that any attempt to smear the hard won reputation of the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama will fail, as he has through his own initiative brought a lot of development to the area.
The DCE made the statement at Bole, the district capital when newsmen visited the district to find out about a threat of what some youth of the area termed a ‘marathon demonstrations’ against the Vice President and the NDC for failing to bring any development to the area.
The DCE was reacting to a story carried in the 26th August edition of the Daily Guide newspaper titled “Veep house on fire”, about a purported demonstration slated for 5 August in demand of development projects and against an attempt to divert a proposed teacher training college project supposedly promised by the vice president to a different town, though the Bole community had raised GHS 45, 000.00 to start the project.
Alhaji Seidu Samson Abudu said the claim that the vice president is diverting a proposed teacher training college is false and unfounded and must be treated with the contempt it deserves.
He said the supposed training college was an idea mooted by the Concerned Development Youth of Bole at Damba festival about four years ago when the youth proposed the establishment of a teacher training college and contributed some monies and pledges amounting to about GHS45, 000.00. The DCE who was not in office at the time also contributed an amount of GHS 200.00 towards the building of the training college.
He added that the chief of Bole pledged to give out a large parcel of land for the establishment of the teacher training college should it be feasible. Explaining further, the DCE said not long ago DCEs from Gonjaland met with the vice president and among the deliberations the idea for the establishment of training college cropped up. There were many suggestions with the vice president including the establishment of a training college but there was no paper work on their deliberations let alone where to locate any project.
Alhaji Sampson said he brought the issues of their meeting with the vice president before the Bole district assembly during their assembly session on the proposed teacher training college and urged the education subcommittee to do a thorough job in choosing a suitable site for the training college and to establish the whereabouts of the initial amount of the said GHS 45, 000.00 contributed so far.
He then told the assemblymen gathered at the meeting with the Vice President, the DCEs of Gonjaland and their deliberations concerning the development of the area. He said little did he know that one of the assemblymen, Edward Yakubu Hardi representing the Nimange electoral area, was spreading such falsehood about the Vice President.
Asked whether the planned demonstrations against the government will happen, he said the organizers of the event have a constitutional right to demonstrate, but that must be done in conformity with laid down procedures.
Investigations by Joy News revealed that some people were behind the assembly man, Edward Yakubu Hardi who is a known NPP activist. He is the sole brain behind certain publications on the said matter.