Mr. Prince Kassim Alubankudi, the Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) UK and Ireland branch, has said it was standard practice among governments’ leaders to do their best to conclude various negotiations before the year ends.
A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Monday said “In some cases, business and government leaders actually hold urgent meetings on holidays and weekends in order to take decisions before market opens on the next working day.”
The UK and Ireland branch Secretary of the party was responding to latest comments alleged to have been made by Nana Akomea, the Communication Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on President John Evans Atta Mills’ travel to the US to conduct urgent government business this Christmas holidays.
The statement said: “The Communication Director was quoted as saying the NPP expected the President to spend at least most of the important days on the Christian calendar here at home because even the New York Stock Exchange, the citadel of capitalism does not operate on Christmas Day.”
It noted that the fact that the New York Stock Exchange does not open on Christmas Day does not mean the Exchange does not open on non-holidays that the President would be in the US.
The statement observed that it was clear that the NPP was trying to make Ghanaians believe that the President was in bad health, when it was clear that he was working very hard to improve to make the economy better.