[ 2012-07-03 ]
Baba Jamal Sprays Cash…As He Steals Show At Akwatia
Scores of people at Akwatia, a diamond mining
community in the Eastern Region, including the
National Security Advisor, Brigadier General Nunoo
Mensah, on Thursday June 28, 2012 were thrown into
a state of shock and utter-bewilderment at the
inauguration of the new Denkyembour District in
Akwatia when the Deputy minister of Tourism,
Alhaji Baba Mohammed Jamal, virtually began
distributing hundreds of cedis on the people.
Baba Jamal who doubles as the National Democratic
Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the
Akwatia constituency held the audience spellbound
when without any plausible reason charged into the
‘Borborbo’ dancing frenzy and started dolling-out
monies to the indigenes.
Some invited guests who could not hold back their
disgust at the scene launched blistering verbal
attacks on Baba Jamal on the grounds that they
could not fathom why he indiscriminately doled out
what they suspected to be tax payers’ money to
sycophants when Ghanaians are still languishing in
“We are particularly shocked and surprised at this
public action of the deputy minister of the State…
so is it this diabolical tactics the parliamentary
candidates of the ruling NDC intend adopting to
woo the people to vote for them in the December 7
polls…it is a big question Ghanaians should
quickly demand an answer to,” a resident at
Akwatia told this reporter.
Before the commencement of the occasion, a truck
load of youth from Akwatia and its adjoining towns
besieged the venue carrying placards which read:
‘BABA JAMAL NDC & ATTA MILLS YOU ARE THE BEST,’
‘NDC ALL THE WAY,’ ‘WE THANK NANANUM,’ ‘BABA JAMAL
YOU ARE OUR SAVIUOR,’ among others.
When Baba Jamal mounted the dais to address the
audience, he virtually turned the occasion into a
political campaign platform calling on the people
in the Akwatia constituency to vote massively for
him and President John Evans Atta Mills in the
December 7 showdown.
Baba Jamal who was the former deputy General
Secretary of the ruling NDC posited that the party
will obtain majority votes in the forth-coming
December 7 polls in the country
He explained that the massive projects initiated
in the area has endeared the Atta Mills-led
administration to the electorates, indicating that
this will be an absolute ground for the people to
repose their confidence in the party during
He noted that even though the area was cut-off
with regards to infrastructure development during
the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP)
administration, the area is now rated as one of
the fastest growing areas in the Eastern Region;
courtesy the good work of the incumbent
Although the current number of registered voters
was in short of the number that existed in the
previous register, Baba Jamal was relatively
appreciative of the general turnout.
He therefore noted that the inconsistency in the
registered number was as a result of the people
leaving the area for school, work and other
places, further indicating the NDC government’s
commitment and preparedness to allocate a whopping
$ 67 million to improve the social and
infrastructure projects in the area.
He assured the people that as has always been the
case, he was going to run a clean campaign, devoid
of thuggery and insults, saying that peace was an
essential commodity that the people of Akwatia and
its adjoining environs must do well to cherish.
Quoting aspects of the Quran, Baba Jamal said
peace brings about prosperity and that all must
ensure that no one engages in acts that will
destabilize the community.
He urged the youth in the area to exercise maximum
restraint even at extreme provocation, saying that
elections is about contest of ideas and not
violence, insults or thuggery.
“Elections are not about ‘all die be die,’ but
it’s about live and let’s live,” the MP aspirant
stated, eliciting thunderous applause from the
He further advised the youth to refuse to promote
violence even when they are induced with money.
He said the development of the Akwatia
constituency was on course adding the area has
seen a facelift almost four years into office of
Baba Jamal mentioned the renovation of schools,
which had been in a dilapidated state for years,
provision of free NHIS cards for thousands of
people, construction of drainages, job
opportunities, giving loans from the Micro Finance
and Small Loan Scheme (MASLOC) to women in the
area, extension of rural electrification project
as some of his achievements as an aspirant MP.
He promised that the area would see more
development projects if elected as the substantive
MP in the December 7 polls.
The deputy minister of Tourism called on other
politicians to preach peace and strive for free
and fair elections, adding that such initiatives
will help promote development within the
On the creation of new District, Baba Jamal said
the newly created district assembly will open a
floodgate of opportunities for Akwatia and its
adjoining environs to benefit from development.
He has therefore urged residents to rally behind
their traditional authorities to complement the
efforts of the government for a smooth take off of
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