National Organiser and Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has pledged to strengthen the structures of the party at all levels when given the nod to serve as the substantive general secretary of the ‘elephant’ party.
He was speaking on Wednesday, April 11 at the end of his two-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region.
Mr Boadu is vying for the general secretary position after taking over – in an acting capacity – from suspended General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong.
In his interaction with the party delegates, comprising constituency executives of the various constituencies in the region, Mr Boadu gave a firm assurance that if elected as the party’s general secretary, he would work at strengthening the very structures of the party at all level.
That, he said, would be realised by constructing permanent regional offices for the party in all the regions with the exception of the Upper West, which is the only region in the country that has a permanent regional secretariat.
He also promised to provide within a period not exceeding two years, constituency offices to each of the 275 constituencies that have no offices.
The acting general secretary also pledged to use his personal resources to construct at least 20 permanent constituency offices for the party, two in each of the ten regions, after the necessary consultation with the respective regional parties.
The 20 offices, he said, would be completed and commissioned within two months before the party holds its 2018 national annual delegates conference in June.
Mr Boadu and his team visited each of the 11 constituencies in the Upper West Region which include the Wa Central, Nandom, Jirapa, Wa West, Lambuise, Daffiama Bussie Issa, Wa East, Nadowli-Kaleo, Lawra, Sissala West and Sissala East constituencies, where they interacted with the party executives and took cognisance of their peculiar challenges.
On the specific issue of providing constituency offices, he and his team, after listening to the concerns of the constituency executives and consulting the regional party, selected the Wa West and Sissala West constituencies from the Upper West Region to be the beneficiaries of the first 20 constituency offices to be built.
Beyond that, he also promised to buy and donate to the party, the rented office being used by the Jirapa constituency executives as the constituency office after the constituency chairman, Justin Dakurah Bayela, made a passionate appeal for his intervention in getting them a permanent constituency office.
Meanwhile, Mr Boadu gave GH¢10,000 to the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency executives for the immediate completion of the constituency office, which is under construction.
By Melvin Tarlue