Mrs Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice-President, has called on members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to remain loyal and unite behind the government to deliver on its mandate.

She said it would require their strong commitment and support to transform the economy and make life better for everybody.

“We need to rise up in togetherness and work for the good of the country.”

Mrs Bawumia said this when she cut the sod to mark the start of construction works on the Ashanti Regional party office building, in Kumasi.

The project is the brainchild of the regional chairman, Mr Bernard Antwi-Boasiako.

It would, on completion, be named after the late Baffour Osei Akoto, the founder of the National Liberation Movement – a political movement that metamorphosed into the United Party (UP), from which the NPP traces its roots.

Mrs Bawumia counselled them against doing anything that would cause needless distractions and public disaffection for the government.

She added that the party was in power to serve all Ghanaians, and not only its members.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako asked the leaders of the party to emulate the patriotism, selflessness and good character of its founding fathers.

The acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, described the project as historic, and expressed joy that it has come during his tenure.

He assured members of the party that everything was being done to sustain the party in government for a longer time, and appealed for the co-operation of everyone connected to the party.

In a remark, children of the late Baffour Akoto Osei, led by Owusu Bempah Akoto, thanked the party for honouring the memory of their late father and appreciating his contribution to not only the NPP but politics in the country.

The Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei Opare; the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah; Mr Freddie Blay, acting NPP National Chairman; Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, former Defence Minister; and Mr Dan Botwe, Minister for Regional Re-organisation and Development, were among party bigwigs present.

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