From: David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, Deputy Central Regional Minister
At long last Central Region has a Deputy Regional Minister, three years after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) took over the reins of government. Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah assumed office on Wednesday in Cape Coast, as the Deputy Regional Minister.
Mr. Tawiah Quansah, who is the sitting Member of Parliament for Mfantseman West in the Central Region, was until his appointment a Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development.
A large crowd of NDC supporters from the Mfantseman West and Cape Coast followed the Minister to the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) where he was welcomed on behalf of Central Regional Minister, Ms Ama Benyiwa Doe by the Mr. Patrick Anigyei, Presidential Aide attached to the RCC. Ms Benyiwa Doe had travelled to Kumasi on national assignment.
Addressing the NDC supporters, Tawiah Quansah called for total support from the residents of the region, emphasizing that without their co-operation it would be difficult to carry out his duty. He also appealed for unity among the rank and file of the party, so as to enable him performs his duty diligently.
The MP advised the NDC supporters not to sow seed of hatred between him and Ms Benyiwa Doe and urged them to eschew backbiting, rumour and other negative practices that might lead to undermining the work of the Minister and his office as well.
According to Tawiah Quansah, his duty was to work with the Minister to improve the standard of living of the people in the Central Region, as well as making sure that the NDC retains power in the 2012 election. He admonished NDC supporters to work hard to protect the power they won in 2009, so as to enable the government continue with the implementation of its good policies.
In another development, the Founding Fathers of the NDC in the Central Region have commended President John Evans Atta Mills for retaining Benyiwa Doe as the Central Regional Minister in recent ministerial reshuffle.
In a press release issued and signed by its chairman, Mr. Kofi Mintah after a special caucus meeting at Winneba, the founding fathers, who include Mr. Batch Kuofie, Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem and Mr. Kwame Donkor, Asikuma-Odobeng-Brakwa constituencies, described the Regional Minister as a hard working woman who had brought peace, progress and development to the region, during her three year-tenure of office.
It continued that the founding fathers hope that with her leadership, the NDC would sweep most seats, if not all the parliamentary seats in the region, claiming that they would do everything within their capacity to ensure that President Mills retains office in December 7, 2012.
The release further revealed that the founding fathers have already formed their campaign team to tour all towns and hamlets in the region to complement the efforts of the party’s regional executives in canvassing for votes for the party.