The Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Abukari II, has advised the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama, to prioritize the continuous reshuffling of appointees to assemble the best human resources for his government, should he be voted into power.
During a speech read on his behalf on February 5, Yaa-Naa emphasized the importance of competence in government and urged Mahama not to shy away from reshuffling his team to ensure the inclusion of individuals based on merit. He highlighted the significance of having a competent cabinet, stating that this would be crucial for the success of Mahama’s potential government.
Yaa-Naa conveyed a clear message to Mahama, stating, “When you get the nod from Ghanaians, do not shy away from reshuffling your team to get the right ones on board by merits and competence and lay off even loyalists but misfits who will only churn out mediocrity for your government.”
He added that Ghanaians would not forgive Mahama if he fails to present a competent government, urging him to focus on building a legacy rather than amassing wealth for his family and friends.
“I believe you are not coming to make more money for your family but to leave a legacy that your children will not only be proud of but will pave the way for them wherever they find themselves in the future when you are long gone to your maker,” Yaa-Naa remarked.
In response, John Mahama commended Yaa-Naa for his role in restoring peace in Dagbon and pledged to address issues of insecurity. Mahama acknowledged the challenges, such as armed robbery, faced by the community and assured the Overlord that, if elected, he would work to complete the delayed water treatment facility in Yendi.
“I am disappointed that with all the work we did in terms of the Yendi Water Supply Project, eight years after we left power, Yendi still has no water. I want to assure you that if your son becomes President, you will not be thirsty anymore,” Mahama promised.
As part of his engagement in Yendi, the NDC flagbearer also held a town hall meeting at Yendi Senior High School, engaging with the local community on various issues.