The Eastern Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the statement made by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regional chairman, Bismark Tawiah Boateng, that the hospitality industry promotes prostitution shows his level of thinking and by extension, the ruling party’s lackadaisical attitude towards job creation.
“Our attention has also been drawn to numerous unguided comments made by the Eastern Regional Chairman of the NDC, Bismark Tawiah Boateng, which by its nature nurtures violence and bigotry which do not augur well in an election year.
“These uncivilised, irresponsible and reckless comments targeted at NPP parliamentary candidates in the Eastern Region are becoming one too many.
Indeed, such backward lines of speech have become the stock in trade of the NDC leadership and activists, including the incompetent Mahama, their leader,” the Regional Chairman, Kiston Akomeng Kissi, the NPP observed at a press conference at Suhum on Thursday.
Mr Tawiah Boateng asked the people of the Abetifi Constituency not to renew the mandate of the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Bryan Acheampong, because according to him the latter was promoting prostitution with the establishment of hotels in the area.
According to him, the MP was investing in hotels which he (Boateng) claimed would lead to an increase in prostitution among teenage girls in the area and must therefore, be rejected at the polls to save the future of the youth of Abetifi.
But the NPP says the NDC regional chairman’s attack on Bryan Acheampong in respect of hotels raises questions about the true position of the NDC on industrialization and development in the region and Ghana as a whole.
The NPP has described the comments made by the NDC man as very offensive to hotel owners, and said they should not come from any political party leader.
“In Tawiah Boateng’s own absurd logic, his own Chief of Staff and former Eastern Regional Minister, Julius Debrah, promoted prostitution when he bought the Mac-Dic Hotel Annex in Koforidua. Was Julius Debrah promoting prostitution as chief executive of the Ghana Tourism Authority when he went across the country promoting the building of hotels to enhance the hospitality industry? Does it mean that the NDC’s chief financier in the Eastern Region, Antarctic, will be boosting prostitution in Koforidua with his newly commissioned Eastern Premier Hotel?’’ the NPP asked.
The NPP said it’s because there is huge unemployment rate in the country, Mr. Bryan Acheampong, MP for Abetifi, had made unprecedented investments in the hospitality industry to create jobs for the many unemployed Kwahu youth, which the NDC needs to support but not to speak against.