The General Secretary of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia has jumped to the defence of Prof Ken Attafuah, the Executive. Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA).

This comes after he (Prof Ken Attafuah) was reported to have said he will not recruit any member of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP).

According to reports monitored by, Prof Attafuah indicated that the order to avoid the recruitment of NPP party members came from President Nana Akufo-Addo as the NIA intends to set up district and regional offices across the country.

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His comments, which suggested his desire to avoid recruitment based on the long arms of partisan political affiliation, has angered the rank-and-file of the New Patriotic Party including the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong. 

Most of the party members who were disappointed in the decision took to social media to register their disappointment.

Many of such NPP elements also called for Prof Attafuah to apologise over his comments or resign.

Reacting to the development on Accra-based Okay FM, Asiedu Nketia questioned the basis for the apology the party foot soldiers are demanding.

“Why should Prof. Attafuah be asked to apologise, apologise to who? Apologise because NIA is NPP headquarters or NPP private business?

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“What crime has Prof Attafuah committed for saying that President Akufo-Addo has asked him not to be partisan in employing people at NIA? he queried.

To him, Prof Attafuah should rather be commended for acting as a disciplined person instead of the backlash.

“Bigwigs within the party who ought to know better and commend Prof. Attafuah even if he’s paying lip service to this principle are rather descending on him.

“Whether he will act on what the President has told him or not is another matter but just saying he’ll not populate NIA with party people is worth commending,” he said.



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