The Upper East Regional Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Lambon has chided the Regional Youth Organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Latif Solomon for campaigning in some secondary schools with government Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) meant for second cycle institutions.
Mr. Latif Solomon, while monitoring the Electoral Commission’s registration exercise in some senior high schools last week, was spotted in a video distributing PPE to students and urging them not to disappoint President Nana Addo for the implementation of the Free SHS Education policy.
But speaking on Day Break Upper East, Mr. Lambon described, Latif Solomon’s actions as unfortunate and an act of impunity despite a ban on visitation to secondary schools by the Ghana Education Service.
“If you have a party in government that is supposed to distribute items that are meant for secondary schools, and now, it is the regional minister’s decision to give part to its party’s foot soldiers to play politics then we need to question ourselves as Ghanaians.
What Latif, the Youth Organizer for NPP distributed to students which we all saw in the video was government PPE that were meant for students. It is sad that things have to happen this way”.
“There was a clear communication from the GES, banning parents from visiting their children at schools. But, here in the Upper East Region, we have a Youth Organizer who decides to overlook the directive by the GES and went to these schools to do campaign. In fact, he even had the privilege to do a video, signaling how he is touring the schools”.
But in a reaction to the claims, the NPP Youth Organizer, Latif Solomon, said, his action was a kind gesture to students who were not wearing nose mask at the time of registering for their voter’s identification cards.
“The EC placed a call on party agents to be at the various school centers to monitor the process. So, if my regional chairman asked me to go around and monitor our party agents to see whether they were at the centers or not, this one too is a problem?.
Upon my arrival at some of these schools, I realized that some of the students were not wearing the nose mask, which I decided to extend a helping hand to these students by giving them the little nose mask I have, this too was a problem. I think is time we have to thrive from these cheap political comments”.