Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
A special aide to the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale, Hon Iddrisu Musah Superior, Mr Abubakari Rafiq has strongly rejected the allegations leveled against his boss by the Movement for Justice and Growth of NPP.
The NPP youth at Press Confab in Tamale made serious allegations against Mr. Iddrisu Musah Superior and thus called on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remove him from office.
The Movement for Justice and Growth of NPP at the Press Conference accuses the Tamale Mayor among other things of deceiving party faithful with contracts, undermining party leadership and directing SFP caterers within the metropolis to pay 10% of their benefits to him.
But the special aid to the Tamale Mayor, Mr. Abubakari Rafiq in a write-up said the allegations against his boss is unfounded.
Read below the write-up:
RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS LEVELED AGAINST THE MAYOR OF TAMALE METROPOLIS BY A GROUP CALLING ITSELF YOUTH ”MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE AND GROWTH OF THE NPP.”
My attention has been drawn to a press issued by a group purported to be emanating from the NPP. The said group, which has named itself as ” youth movement for justice and growth of the NPP”, made several unfounded allegations against the Mayor of Tamale, Hon. Musah superior and subsequently calling for his removal from office.
Among other things, the said individuals claimed that:
1. THAT THE MAYOR LEVIED AN ILLEGAL 10% FEE ON CATERERS OF THE SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM .
This allegation is totally outrageous in its very essence. One would wonder immediately, how a well organised program like the SFP, with both Regional and Zonal Coordinators will look on whilst the MCE unilaterally levy an illegal tax on its members.
Let me state clearly that, the current donations that are being made by caterers of the SFP wasn’t directed by the Mayor of TaMA.
A strategic plan was put in place by the NPP leadership, to engineer support for the constituency and grassroots base of the party through donations from party people, who have benefited from Government jobs in one way or another.
As part of this strategy, the caterers of the SFP across the county agreed to make donations to the District /Municipal /Metropolitan assemblies to be forwarded to the constituencies for the upkeep and activities of the New Patriotic Party in their catchment districts
This strategic plan has been ongoing in other districts for two (2)years now, with the exception of the Tamale metropolitan assembly, under the discretion of the MCE, Musah Superior.
With the upsurge in demand for funs by constituency executives to do party works, the Mayor called a meeting with the Regional coordinator of the SFP, Mrs Felicia Tetteh, as well as zonal coordinators and caterers of the SFP on the 28th January 2019. The meeting ended with all caterers pledging to donate 7% from their payouts to kickstart what has been two years old in other districts. Since the donations started, an amount of GH13000 has been realised so far.
Proceeds from that fund will be allocated to Tamale south and Tamale Central constituency offices in due time.
No fund from such donations is meant for running the TaMA as claimed by in the petitioners.
II. THAT MAYOR CHARGES EXORBITANT PRICE FOR THE TaMA STORES :
First of all, the MCE does not determine the price for the use of any property belonging to the assembly. There are properly constituted committees who oversee such matters.
In the case of the current 56 stores being given out to successful applicants, the entire process is being manned by a five(5) members committee. The said committee, headed by the sub-metro Director, receive applications, vet them and determine deserving applicants based on their standards.
The initial amount as proposed by the committee for the TaMA stores was perched at GHC 400 a month. The intervention of the Mayor saw it to the current amount of GHC 300 monthly.
This current price is still considered lowest compared to other privately owned stores within the same location. In fact, the application for these stores has been oversubscribed by 200 applicants.
Successful applicants pay for such stores in the appropriate accounts of the TaMA and they have issued receipts as evidence of payments.
The claim of overpricing can clearly not, therefore, win the debate in that premise.
III. THAT THE MAYOR OF TaMA SELLS CONTRACTS TO PARTY PEOPLE:
Again, anyone with proper knowledge on how contracts are awarded by the districts will certainly treat this claim as frivolous. The said group also failed in their press briefing, to clearly state a single example in that regards.
Contracts are awarded based on tender. There is a well established tender committee, which regulates and decides on the award of contracts based on rigorous procurement and tender processes. The Mayor can not therefore unilaterally award contracts to bidders. Such practice goes against the very procurement laws of this country.
Indeed, many party faithful have lost the opportunity to secure contracts for failing to pass through the tender process. Those who secure contracts in TaMA are those willing to follow due process.
However, there are other contracts which are solely meant for party people. Such contracts do not form part of TaMA contract awards.
The MCE has received eight (8) of such contracts from last year. These contracts were fairly divided into 4 each for the executives of Tamale Central and Tamale South respectively.
Clearly, the notion that, Hon. Musah superior does not work with the executives of the two constituencies cannot be exemplified by the evidence on the ground.
IV. THAT THE MAYOR DOES NOT RESPECT OR WORK WITH PARTY EXECUTIVES:
There has been no evidence to show that the Mayor of Tamale Metro, Musah Superior does not respect the executives of the two constituencies, Tamale-South and Tamale-Central.
Unless there is clear case evidence of disrespect towards any executive, I am unable to respond to this claim.
Indeed, there have been claims of this in the past, all of which proved to be machinations of certain individuals who can not differentiate between the roles of the Mayor as a servant of the entire inhabitants of Tamale metro and his relationship and duty to his party affiliation.
As I have stated earlier, the Mayor has been magnanimous in his distribution of all opportunities meant for the party people and the executives of these two constituencies.
Evident is the recent 8 contracts which the Mayor allocated solely to the executives of these two constituencies.
Aside these, there have been over 200 contracts coming into the Northern Region from the party national hierarchy of late. All these contracts did not hit the desk of the Mayor. They were given to party executives.
Perhaps its time the youth start looking beyond the office of the Mayor to find out the whereabouts of these contracts.
Let me conclude by stating that, in my two years working with the Mayor, I can attest clearly that, he does not take delight in responding to party faithful on matters regarding his political party, the NPP in the public and media. He believes this method does not portray the very tenets and principles of the New Patriotic Party.
There are other productive ways of dealing with internal matters, aside press conferences and petitions. The party has a well-structured constitution, which clearly stipulates laid down procedures for resolving grievances. Let us use these procedures effectively.
The mayor operates a very open office. Anyone with doubts on any issue pertaining to his office can call on him any day.
And finally, nothing lasts forever! The Mayor, Hon. Musah Superior will not reign over TaMA forever. He will one day vacates the seat.
But until then, let’s not allow ourselves as a youth, to be used by certain individuals to pursue their parochial interests of ousting the MCE for all the mischievous reasons.
Abubakari K. Rafiq