The Vice President of FIDA International and a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ursula Owusu, has said that President John Evans Atta Mills has failed in managing the crisis in his party.

The Mills-led government has, since its assumption into office 2-years ago, encountered stiff opposition from members the National Democratic Congress – a hostility that has resulted in creating factions for and against the President.

Leading members of the government initially played down the effects of these cracks on the performance of government until recently. The President himself opened up publicly for the first time when he spoke at the funeral of NDC regional Chairman, late Alhaji Sumani Zakari. He challenged all members of the party, especially the rank and file, to work towards the success of the government since its failure will ultimately spell doom for the party in future elections.

However, Madam Owusu, who was speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme Monday, said the President’s intervention has come rather late. “As always, the President belatedly speaks on issues which have been festering in his party for a long time …if (I think as) he really wanted to put an end to the confusion enraging in the NDC camp, I would have thought that he would have spoken a bit earlier to set minds at rest but he’s waited for actors both on his faction and Rawlings faction [to]come to near blows before finally issuing his call for cease fire…,” she said smugly.

Ursula believes a lot of harm has already been done, positions entrenched and attitudes crystallized, making it more difficult to solve the problem.

She added that as vociferous members of the rank and file of the party agitated against the President, he should have noticed that these were calls on him to draw his mind to the fact that things were falling apart – the hardships Ghanaians are encountering under his watch, the inefficiencies of government appointees et cetera.

She pointed out that these are problems from within the ruling party and they cannot be laid at the doorstep of the opposition NPP.

Madam Ursula advised the President to take concrete steps to solve the problems, adding that many indicators used to measure the success or otherwise of a government are in the negative for the NDC government – jobs, health, education, shelter: “so far not much improvement has been seen in those aspects of our lives and so people are calling for the slow but sure administration of Mills government to hit the ground running as he claimed he would do...”

She stated that though she does not wish the NDC government well, she would be grateful if they focus on the job that has been handed them by Ghanaians, saying “there are always problems in every political party. It is how you manage those problems which determine whether you are able to navigate your way through or crush down under the weight of these problems.”

“Fortunately,” she added, “Ghanaians generally will go to the polls in 2012 and they will pass a verdict on this administration as to their performance or non-performance, ehh the way things are going hmmm…oh enko yie (things are not going well), that is the verdict, enko yie koraa (things are not going well at all)…” “Mr President, apart from merely calling for cease fire, take concrete steps to put out the raging fire in your party, which will give you the peace of mind to [govern]," she counseled.

On his part, Mr Kobby Acheampong, the Minister for Tourism, said Ghanaians are happy with the Mills-government because it is delivering. He was confident the NDC would retain power in the next election.



Source: Efe Mensah/myjoyonline.com/Ghana