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‘Unemployed’ ex-TESCON Presidents defend 'divisive' comment of Ayisi Boateng

October 31, 2017 12:41 PM
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Some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are vehemently defending Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Ayisi Boateng, over his comments, which many have condemned as distasteful.

The unemployed former presidents of NPP’s youth wing, Tertiary Students’ Confederacy Network (TESCON) said the envoy has demonstrated by his action that he has the interest of the party at heart.

In a statement copied Tuesday, the former TESCON leaders said they see Mr Boateng as their source of inspiration.

“Travelling from South Africa to attend our programs alone tells us to do more since there is hope for the future because we are always remembered by you,” they said.

Mr Boateng has come under fire for saying he will prioritise the needs of NPP members ahead of other considerations.

He said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) did same when it was in government, adding he will not depart from that path.

We the past TESCON Presidents bring you greetings from our homes. Although unemployed and waiting patiently for the right time to be fixed, we wish to state emphatically that we are very proud of you, H.E. Ayisi Boateng, the High Commissioner to South Africa.

We have heard and read diverse backlash and attacks from “the babies with sharp teeth” in opposition regarding your statement at a TESCON meeting at Kumasi Technical University that TESCON members are your priority and to that extent, NPP members.

You have been our source of inspiration during our days in opposition and you continue to inspire us. Travelling from South Africa to attend our programs alone tells us to do more since there is hope for the future because we are always remembered by you.

“Onipa nua” affectionately called has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has TESCON members at heart and we also pledge to be present any time you call on us, we are going to be present.

It is our fervent hope and prayer that very soon, you shall be appointed to an office in Ghana that will aid you to continue helping the youth as you have always envisioned. God continue to bless your positive thought’s for us.

We shall by this call on former and past TESCON leaders in government to turn to TESCON members and aid us since they are our source of inspiration. We shall however forever be grateful to the likes of lawyer Justin Koduah Frimpong( CEO of YEA), lawyer Henry Nana Boakye aka Nana B (deputy CEO of NSS ), Mr Nelson Owusu Ansah ( Ashanti regional youth organizer and YEA director) and many others for their immense support to TESCON in Ashanti region. We recognise your efforts. They have made TESCON members their priority and we really appreciate it.

To the opposition, our only advice to them is to concentrate on fixing their tattered party just as the KB’s report is suggesting and stop creating something out of nothing because we all saw how they treated our TEIN counterparts.

It was very normal to treat TEIN members special but abomination now to treat TESCON members special. They must get over the elections shock and give proper opposition to the government for the formulation of better policies that will help develop the country.


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