29 November 2012

Ghana: NDC Deserves Four More Years ... Mahama Tells Journalists in Kumasi

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President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana is the candidate of the National Democratic Congress in the 2012 elections.

Kumasi — PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama has stated that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has done enough to merit another four years in office.

The President says the NDC government has kept faith with the people and fulfilled most of its campaign promises and, therefore, deserves to be given another opportunity to serve the country in the upcoming elections.

President Mahama, who made the statement during an interaction with the media in Kumasi, to wrap up his five day campaign tour, indicated that a critical analysis of the party's manifesto, vis a vis its campaign promises, would reveal that the NDC has virtually made good most of its policies and programmes contained in its 2008 manifesto.

He noted that across the length and breadth of the country, development projects abound, an indication that the ruling party has distinguished itself since it assumed office four years ago.

The President was, therefore, full of optimism that the good people of Ghana, who have been beneficiaries of the good policies and programmes of the party, would give massive endorsement come December 7, when the country goes to the polls.

The media interaction was to afford the President the opportunity to brief them on the success of his campaign and to highlight some of the programmes and policies the party intends to roll out next year if it wins the elections.

According to him, the ruling NDC has not been partial or bias at all in the allocation of national resources, stressing that the Ashanti Region, has particularly enjoyed massive developments under the current administration.

He said the government had performed excellent in all aspects of governance including the economy, agriculture, health and job creation among others.

The President pointed out that under the NDC administration, the economy of Ghana had witnessed steady growth, a situation which he noted, gives him so much optimism that the next four years under the NDC would witness a surge in the country's economic growth.

Touching on some of the programmes his party intends to roll out should it win the December 7 elections, the President mentioned job creation, and youth development. He said the NDC intends to create job opportunities, including the introduction of Youth and Jobs Enterprise Development Centre, with the provision of an initial seed capital of GH¢10m, which he said would seek to empower the youth in entrepreneurship programmes.

According to him, the programme would create a pool of fund where young graduates and businessmen would be empowered to create their own job opportunities, rather than resorting to the old system of relying on government for employment after completing school

The President also mentioned the Venture Capital, create more opportunities in the oil and gas sector and also implement other policies and programmes that would inure to the benefit of the good people of the country.

The President also addressed a number of issues affecting the development of the society, especially the increasing rate of illegal mining popularly known as galamsey, which he promised to streamline and ensure its smooth operation.

On the media landscape, the President commended journalists in Ghana for their contribution to the advancement of multi-party democracy.

He noted that the media in Ghana has seen steady improvement since 1992 but expressed worry about certain inaccuracies and excesses on the part of some of the journalists and media organizations in the country.

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