Ho — The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has promised to build an excellent relationship between the people of the Volta Region and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) when voted into power, to ensure the rapid development of the region.
According to him, the time had come for the NPP to bridge the gap between the people in the region, and to give meaning to modern politics.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this when he called on the Paramount Chief of the Asogli Traditional Area, and the President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede Asor XIV, at his private residence in Ho, to begin a three-day campaign tour of the region.
The NPP presidential candidate appealed to the people in the Volta Region to close the gap between them and NPP, by supporting his presidential bid, and subsequently voting for him to win the December polls.
Nana Akufo Addo disabused the minds of the people that when they vote for him and the NPP, the (NPP) government, under his leadership, would be vindictive towards the people in the region, as was being propagated by his opponents.
"Volta Region should walk side-by-side with me and the New Patriotic Party, to help transform the region," he stressed.
Touching on the free Senior High School (SHS) education policy, Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his commitment to ensure that every Ghanaian child benefited from free education up to the SHS level.
Nana Akufo-Addo pointed out that the next NPP government would redefine basic education, where the teacher would be seen as the pivot of the educational system.
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Afede XIV, commended Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP for the efforts being made to bring hope to the people through the policy of free education up to the SHS level, as well as other viable interventions that would improve the living conditions of the people.
Togbe Afede described Nana Akufo-Addo as a visionary leader, saying that if he became the next President of the country, Ghana would benefit immensely from NPP's policies.
He advised Nana AkufoAddo not to disappoint the people, and that he should go ahead to implement all the policies he had been espousing, when he wins power.
The traditional ruler pointed out that tribal politics was one of the factors that militate against the fragile peace being enjoyed in the country, and urged the various political party leaders to guard against utterances likely to inflame passions during and after the elections.
Togbe Afede noted that the tendency of political parties winning elections, with the hope of amassing wealth at the expense of the citizens, was a major source of conflict in most countries in Africa.
The traditional leader noted that it had become hackneyed to see political leaders adopting the attitude of selfishness and greediness after winning elections. This, Togbe Afede noted, would not advance the cause of democracy in the nation.
Togbe Afede, therefore, appealed to the NPP presidential candidate to ensure that the right caliber of people were carefully selected to form his government if he wins the elections, in order to avoid the growing corrupt practices across Africa.
Meanwhile, at a mammoth rally, held in Dzodze, in the Ketu North District, after paying a courtesy call on Togbe Afede, the teeming crowd, who were head over heels just to catch a glimpse of the man of the moment, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, held placards with various inscriptions to signify how determined they were to vote the National Democratic Congress (NDC) out.
In their native dialect, Ewe, some of the people gathered were heard telling each other that "we are disappointed; they have taken us for a ride for a long time. We will not tolerate the NDC describing this region as its stronghold anymore."
Scores of young men and women were seen scrambling for T-shirts of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Those who were unsuccessful in securing a T-shirt and other party paraphernalia, expressed their dissatisfaction, while those who were successful, decorated their motorbikes and private and commercial vehicles with them.
As early as 6:00 a.m., reports say thousands of people had besieged the campaign office of the NPP in Ho, making loud noises in anticipation of the arrival of Nana Addo.
Akufo-Addo delivered his policy on agriculture and reiterated his free education policy, assuring the people that he was ready to positively improve upon he lives of the people in the region, when voted into power in the December polls.
He told the crowd: "The work is a lot, because after Kufuor we have come back, but we can still go forward, there are some things we have to do to sort out our economy, especially our currency.
"You remember in Kufuor's time one cedi was one dollar, today two cedis is one dollar. That is the large part of difficulties we are facing. If we have a weak currency, there is nothing we can do with it. Traders cannot do business, they sell things, but people do not buy."
According to the NPP candidate: "This is one of the important things we have to do to restore the strength of the cedi, to have a stronger cedi once again. One of the people who helped Kufuor to have a stronger cedi is my running mate, Mahamudu Bawumia, who worked with the Bank of Ghana, and that is the main reason why I have brought him, so that we may have a strong currency again, for all of you to have value for your goods."
"I am very concern about jobs for our young people, too many people of Ghana, I have seen it with my own eyes for the last three years, who have nothing to do, searching for work the whole day, looking in the sky, and they are feeling sorry for themselves; it is the time everybody in Ghana will wake up that I am coming to power to put Ghana back to work," Nana Addo assured the people.
Accompanying Nana Akufo-Addo's team to the region included Madam Elizabeth Ohene, former Volta Regional Ministers, Mr. Kwasi Owusu Yeboah and Mr. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, Madam Agnes Okudzeto, Mr. Joseph Kweku Nayan, MP for Nkwanta-North, and Mr. Mawutor Goh, a former Ho Municipal Chief Executive, among others.