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NPP Operates Outside Constitution 6/19/2007
The social democratic principle which underpins the 1992 Constitution has made it uncomfortable for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to adhere to the provisions of the constitution, the chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Kwabena Adjei has observed.

According to him, the NPP government whose trump card is liberal democracy is finding it difficult to implement the provisions of the constitution, arguing that the 1992 constitution was written by the ordinary people, but the belief of the government is centered on very few individuals.

Not even the introduction of the capitation grant, school feeding programme, free bussing of school children and the National Health Insurance Scheme, could convince the NDC chairman that the NPP has the whole mass of the people of Ghana at heart.

He defended the social democratic ideology, and argued that it was the best political ideology, since it had the welfare of the people at the centre of its policies.

Dr Kwabena Adjei said the directive principles of state policy as contained in chapter six of the 1992 constitution could only be implemented to the letter by a government that has a social democratic inclination. He said because the NPP is a liberal capitalist party, the tenets of the constitution have been very difficult for the government to cope with.

In an interview with The Point after the press conference held last Thursday to herald the Socialist International Conference, the NDC chairman indicated that the policies of the government are not people friendly but favors only a few individuals at the detriment of the generality of the people. He said the only time the people of Ghana are considered under the NPP government was during elections, alleging that that was the time they distribute items to the people to win their mandate.

According to him, the people should be mainstreamed in the management of the economy of the country. Dr Adjei said government must work to improve the living standards of Ghanaians instead of focusing on macro economic statistics. He emphasized "the focus should be on the people because the micro economic figures do not mean anything".

He accused the government of selling the land belonging to the people of La in the Greater Accra Region to private individuals.

On his part, the former vice presidential candidate of the NDC in the 2004 elections, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni observed that the living standards of Ghanaians were worsening, arguing that the government was reneging on its responsibility to create job avenues for the youth.

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