By Nana Appiah, Kumasi
A national Chairman hopeful of the New Patriotic Party Stephen Ntim has reiterated his strong desire to institutionalize the care of party elders and invalids.
The conditions of some of the party’s elders he noted, needs much to be desired and he has taken it upon himself to make funds available from the party to take good care of them.
Speaking to journalists at the Manhyia Palace last Friday, Mr. Ntim who is contesting the position for the fourth time and yet to be lucky said ‘the people are very happy with his decision to create funds for the elders some of whom have become invalid and need the same commitment they gave to the party in their youthful days to be reciprocated.
“Among the first things I will see to is for every constituency to charge the elderly people within their respective constituencies and am going to institutionalize visitations on quarterly basis to elders and invalids.
…I did it on my own but i don’t want us to leave it to chance that’s why I will make it institutionalized. And the party under my chairmanship will provide the funding for this enterprise; and people are so happy about it.
Mr. Ntim said it was amazing the kind of conditions some of the party elders were in their homes and hospitals, mentioning names like Mr. Jones Ofori Atta and Mr. J.H. Mensah.
He also added that the economic empowerment, welfare and recognition of his party folks was dear to his heart and would also see to it.
Mr. Ntim who appeared calm but focused on winning the chairmanship position earlier on paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu to ask for his blessing to win the elections, and also to announce to the King, his upcoming tour the Ashanti region.
“The King recounted my political exploits and commitment to the party, and the need for the party to reward my loyalty, commitment, dedication and hardwork, long service to the party, which are part of my pedigree.” He told journalists.
He was glad that the King also took notice of his values and qualities because that is, to him, exactly what the party people were looking at in their decision to vote for him.
Mr. Ntim noted that the NPP must pay attention to the party’s unwritten tradition of rewarding loyalty, dedication, long service and commitment since it is very important.
“It worked for Prez Kuffuor, he did it twice we rewarded, for Prez Akufo Addo he did it thrice we rewarded him, this is my fourth time, it should work for me too. I see no reason why I should be left out and thankfully the delegates have bought into it and they are aboard.” He stressed emotionally.
The NPP chairmanship hopeful has toured all constituencies in six out of the 10 regions and would be touring the three Northern regions after his tour through the Ashanti region where he is believed to have a huge support base.