National Chairman hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Ayesu Ntim has hinted of plans to roll out a sustainable welfare package for party officers covering life and disability.
Though he is yet to make full details of the package known, he disclosed at his campaign launch on Tuesday, that it is one of the ways by which party officers at various levels can offer of their best for its growth beyond 2024.
“I have had very fruitful discussions with some stakeholders in the insurance industry to explore the possible ways in rolling out a sustainable welfare package for our party officers, covering life and disability, and in due course, the details will be made known to our party members”, he revealed.
He also underscored the need for the surviving founding fathers of the party to be given better treatment saying it is not necessarily about giving them money but showing love and compassion
“The gallant founders of this party deserve better treatment from all of us. This is not necessarily about money, but rather, it is about exhibiting care and compassion through simple phone calls, visitations, and invitations to party functions. I have worked with some of these elders in the past, and know their contributions to the party. Some of these elders have already left this life; namely, B.J da Rocha, Peter Ala Adjetey, Adu Boahen, Agyenim Boateng, R.R Amponsah, Kwesi Brew, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Gladys Asmah, Dr. Addison, Stephen Kraku, Courage Quashiga, Alhaji Abdul Rahman (COP of Northern region), Alhaji Imoro Salifu (of the Upper East region), Alhaji Ishaaku (of the Upper West region), and of course, Lawyer Appiah Menkah. This list is not exhaustive, for the lack of space and time. May their souls rest in perfect peace.” He disclosed
According to him, the party and its current leaders still have the unique opportunity to address the problems of its founding fathers after it emerged that some of them have over the years been neglected.
“ I identified and visited as many of the living elders as possible, prior to embarking on my campaign tours. What I witnessed during these visitations was mind-boggling, and that led to a paradigm shift from my original goal of seeking their blessing to attempting to remove the political loneliness and isolation that we have plunged them into.
Others who are not elders also find themselves in very unfortunate situations. For example, Justice Adzakuma — the young man who painfully lost an eye during 2015 Let my vote count demonstration, in his effort to check the Electoral Commission in its excesses, among others and Chairman Kofi Adjei (Geokad of Nhyiaeso, Kumasi)”, he revealed.
To this end, he resolved to under his Chairmanship, institutionalize visitations by all constituencies to the founding members and elders on a quarterly basis to ensure that they don’t feel neglected by the party, but rather start feeling part and parcel of the unique NPP fraternity.