Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Information and Media Relations, has said that the Mahama administration will fiercely match the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) this year.
He categorically stated that the government would no longer treat the opposition with kids’ gloves.
According to the Information and Media Relations Minister, it was high time the government took the battle to its opponents, insisting the success story of the Mahama-led administration must be told nationwide.
“2014, we are going to take the battle to our enemies- our opponents. We will challenge them on any platform, we will take our story to the nook and cranny of this country and we will let Ghanaians know that they have a great president and great team of ministers and deputy ministers and government functionaries to accelerate the development of the economy and the society at large.
Addressing a public forum as part of activities marking the 1st Anniversary of the Mahama administration on the theme: “Advancing the better Ghana agenda prospects for 2014” in Accra on Monday, Mr. Ayariga averred that the NPP is set for another electoral defeat in 2016.
He commented: “They began the year  by questioning our legitimacy to rule, when they lost that in the Supreme Court, they started questioning the competence of individuals who have been appointed as Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
“And this is not the first time, if you recall when the late Professor Mills put together the team, they [NPP] described the team as Team B, but we fought so hard that by the next election so much confidence was reposed in us and returned us in government, we will repeat the record in 2016.
P. V. Obeng, who chaired the forum and spoke on behalf of Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President, said the government was committed to removing all the impediments of growth.
He noted that government would give meaning to the motto of Ghana, which is freedom and justice while enhancing its resolve to fight corruption and promote accountability in the governance.
Other speakers including Dr. Omane Boamah, Minister for Communication, Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, Fifi Kwetey, Hannah Serwah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who took turns to address the party faithful, insisted the Mahama government deserves some applauds from Ghanaians.
President John Dramani Mahama had told Ghanaians last year to remain tolerant with regards to the seeming delays in fulfilling the 2012 election campaign promises because his government was in the “first gear.’
In 2013, the government had to deal with several strike actions and threats of demonstrations, allegations of corruption and some shady deals by some government officials.