Juluis Debrah Shows Class In Brong Ahafo
I have been a keen watcher of political campaigns since 1992. I am trying to remember whether any of the Chiefs Of Staff has campaigned directly and vigorously u for votes for any of the governments in power. So it is very surprising and intriguing to see and hear media reports of the Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah leading a campaign team to the Brong Ahafo Region. From the accounts I watched on TV and heard on radio, Mr Debrah is aiming waves in the region as he leads an effective campaign. May be I should not be surprised judging by the success he achieved with the “National Sanitation Day” program when he was Minister of Local Government.
It is very interesting for me to note that The Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah, last week showed amazing political skills, dexterity, humility, adroitness and finesse during his campaign tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Rolling out what he described as an “all inclusive campaign strategy,” Mr Debrah skillfully blended selected and blended some of the finest old and new NDC members in his campaign team to a great effect.
I have noted reports of how traditional leaders, opinion leaders, media personal and the general public were astonished to note the unity of purpose and team work among old and new NDC members such Local Government Expert, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, former Minister for National Security, Kofi Totobi Kwakye and a member of NDC National Campaign Team, Faustina Nelson. Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anydoho, National Communication Officer, Solomo Nkansah, Presidential Staffers, Emelia Arthur and Adu Asare, veteran Social Commentator and Traditionalist, Owula Mangortey, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku and NDC regional and constituency executives.
Of particular amazement was the adroit manner the Chief of Staff and his team tailored their messages to suit the occasion and the interest groups such as traditional leaders, tertiarty students, cadres, representatives of professional groups, the media, as well as the general public at rallies.
Accompanied by his retinue of carefully blended old and new ‘wine’ in the NDC, the Chief of Staff had a wonderful encounter with professionals in Sunyani on President John Mahama’s achievements and what he intends to do in the next four years.
Business men and women, religious leaders, traditional leaders, professionals, students and members of the security services attended the forum which was on the theme ” Thinking Together To Transform Mother Ghana.”
Mr Julius Debrah said government has provided the needed infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity and peaceful environment to enhance job creation.
According to media reports, The Chief of Staff told the gathering that “promotion of entrepreneurship in the country is one of the major strategies contained in the NDC manifesto to create jobs over the next four years when the party retains power in the December 7 election.”
Speaking in an exclusive telephone interview with me, Mr Debrah said the forum was an opportunity to meet processionals who normally would not attend party rallies with a view to explain the achievements of the ruling party over the past four years and it plans for further socioeconomic development in the next four years when it wins the coming election.
“I am interested in carry President Mahama’s transformational agenda to the special interest groups who would normally not attend our rallies. I have decided to meet these professionals wherever I go so I can explain President Mahama’s achievements to them and what he is committed to do in his second term in office. I was very happy with the level of participation and the frank discussions and exchange of ideas. I strongly believe that thinking together with these professionals we can work towards building a prosperous Ghana,” he said.
Mr Julius Debrah has set the pace. I expect success to crown all his efforts.
By: Fonibi Larnor