15 November 2012

Ghana: I Will Sustain Kufuor's Legacy

NEW PATRIOTIC Party flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo has assured that he would sustain Kufuor's legacy for the benefit of Ghanaians. He said he would revamp the cocoa industry, grow the economy by empowering the private sector and promote education in his quest to move Ghana forward.

Nana Akufo Addo told a rally of party supporters at Bekwai on Tuesday, as part of his campaign tour of Ashanti region, that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which is on the verge of collapse, would be revamped to attain the set standards by the initiators to achieve the desired results.

He said the economic hardship unleashed on Ghanaians by the NDC is so unbearable that Ghanaians would have to mandate the NPP to bail them out.

According to Nana Addo, the private sector is slowly dying because of the depreciation of the cedi against the major currencies, for which the NPP is putting together a formidable economic management team under the watch of the economic guru, in the person of Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, his running mate, to reverse the trend which had been occasioned by the supervision. Mr. Amissah-Arthur, then Governor of Bank of Ghana, currently as Vice President, and head of the economic management team of the government.

The Presidential hopeful said he believed in the capabilities of his running mate, because he had been instrumental in the growth of the Ghanaian economy, under President Kufuor's administration.

Nana Addo scored more points by way of applause when he took time to explain his free SHS policy to the admiration of the large following of the party.

The NPP flagbearer said the free SHS policy was achievable, irrespective of NDC's position that it is not feasibly in the near future.

He noted that education is the basic ingredient for national development and that education should not continue to be the preserve of the few rich at the expense of the larger public.

According to him, the free SHS would change the unfortunate trend where accessing education has always been the case for the rich.

He asked Ghanaians to disabuse heir minds of the deceitful stance of the NDC that there were no adequate funds for the implementation of the policy.

"An Akufo Addo government would make it work because there is cash for the free SHS", he said and queried if the NDC government could pay judgment debt of GH¢830 million in two and half years to cronies and sympathizers, why can't an NPP government raise funds for the free education policy.

Nana Addo was also concerned about why the construction of a 6-Unit classroom block cost GH¢350,000.00 under the Mills-Mahama administration when it cost GH¢85,000.00 to build the same structure under Kufuor's administration.

Proving his anti-corruption stance, Nana Addo said he was a man of substance and, therefore, there was no way he could dip his hands in national coffers to enrich himself.

"As a self made man, all I care about is to avail my knowledge and expertise I am endowed with to push Ghana forward. I will prove to be useful and worthy to the nation by delivering on my promises, "he said.

The NPP flagbearer assured that his government would raise enough funds for the free SHS policy by uprooting corruption of all forms and waste in the system.

Mr. Joseph Osei-Wusu, the Incumbent Independent Member of Parliament for Bekwai was introduced to the large gathering as the party's parliamentary candidate having won the NPP primary in September.

The aspirant called for massive votes for the party because the Flagbearer has the foresight and zeal to Move Ghana forward.

Earlier, Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage had called on the Omanhene of Bekwai, Nana Karikari Appau II and his Council of Elders at the palace.

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