Lawyer Justin Kodua Frimpong, General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Friday, January 20, 2022, engaged the leadership of the Vehicles and Asset Dealers Union of Ghana, and that of the Okada Riders Association, at the Party headquarters.
Addressing the groups, the General Secretary recounted that the history of the NPP could be traced to business associations and groups which contributed enormously during the formative years of the Party when most businesses then, were disillusioned by the military rule of the PNDC and their many acrimonious policies towards the private sector. He said, the NPP, due to its ideology of liberating the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy, has over the years, implemented business-friendly policies that prioritise the private sector as a special engine for the growth of the local economy.
Lawyer Justin Kodua noted that on account of the Party's long history of a healthy relationship with private businesses and ideological inclination towards the private sector, it was prudent for the Party to frequently engage business groups and associations to deliberate on issues of mutual concerns, ascertain the impacts of government's policies on private businesses and most importantly, pursue practicable remedial solutions to various concerns that would emerge.
The 34-member delegation, which consisted of the leadership of the two groups and representatives of their memberships from across the nation, praised the General Secretary for his audience and proactiveness to ensuring a smooth working relationship amongst the party, government, and the business community. They seized the opportunity to brief the General Secretary of the governing party on some of their concerns as members of the business community whereupon they pleaded with him to use his reputable and influential office to intervene, and also suggested possible solutions to tackling the issues confronting them.
In their concluding remarks, both groups urged the NPP to deliver to Ghanaians, a modern and compassionate governance that would address the needs of the masses and lay the foundation for the prosperity of future generations.
The General Secretary was flanked by other national officers of the Party namely: Madam Safia Mohammed, Deputy National Women's Organiser; Mr. William Yamoah, Director for Finance and Administration; Mr. Kwame Amponsah- Kyeretwie, Director for External Affairs; Mr. Ernest Owusu-Kumih, Director for Research, Mr. Kwabena Frimpong, Deputy Director for Protocol, Mr. Stephen Forson, Deputy Director for Information Technology; Dr. Asiedu Kokro, Deputy Director for Communications; and Mr. George Krobea Asante, Deputy Director for Communications.
In his closing address, the party's Chief Scribe assured the groups of his preparednesses to engage relevant stakeholders towards addressing their grievances.