A colossal number of highly peeved businessmen in Ashanti region have clenched a venomous fist against the ruling New Patriotic Party NPP ahead of the soon coming general elections.
The reason is premised on a sad reality; all contracts which were awarded them have been abrogated by the NPP led government and taken over by top politicians belonging to the party.
Aggrieved entrepreneurs who specifically are players within the printing industry set the record straight that “We have observed with keen interest that some top politicians have invaded the printing industry and taken over miniature jobs and contracts we used to get from schools “.
They were bold to sight the Ashanti regional Chairman for the NPP Hon Antwi Bosiako a.k.a “Chairman Wontumi” as a key character who according to them has been allotted majority of contracts on the printing of past questions for schools.
The government has kicked us out…Chairman “wontiumi” has imported printing machines and the NPP leadership has heaped on him all contracts vis-à-vis the printing of books for schools in the region”, an angry businessman exposed.
INTRODUCTION OF FREE SHS
At a press briefing in Kumasi, Executives of Printing Press Association strongly castigated the much trumpeted Fee SHS policy of the NPP, describing it as a time-bomb and a business ship wrecker.
They said since its introduction, “procurement of educational materials such as exercise books, note books, etc. has been centralized at the national headquarters contrary to former arrangement where procurement was done at the schools and district bases. This has deprived our members at the district levels of their jobs.
Before the roll out of free education policy, schools were permitted to procure supplementary text books in addition to the one supplied to them by the government. This created jobs for our members and their workers. However, the current system does not permit schools to procure supplementary text books anymore. This has deprived our members of their jobs making it difficult for them to provide for themselves and their families.”, Spokesperson for the association Mr. Yaw Oti Boateng said in a press statement.
They have vowed that should the NPP government fail to address the situation, they will have no option than to hit the street amidst protest and vote massively against the party in the upcoming 2020 general elections.