The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, August 10, ended day 1 of his 5-day tour of the Western Region with a visit to the Sefwi Wiawso constituency.
After paying a courtesy call on the Sefwi Omanhene, Okatekyie Kwasi Bumakama II, the NPP flagbearer went on to interact with residents of Boako, a town in the constituency, with the assurance that an NPP government, under his leadership, will turn around Ghana’s dwindling fortunes within a short period of time.
Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that the NPP has fashioned out a lot of policies and programmes, some of which are already in the public domain, and some which will be outdoored soon, to rapidly develop the country.
Thus, the only way to bring these policies into fruition, and return Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity, will be on December 7, when Ghanaians vote out the incompetent and corrupt government of President Mahama.
“The unavailability of jobs and the rising levels of hardship can only be alleviated by the use of our thumbs. We have to vote and bring change to Ghana. I am appealing to you to repose your confidence in me and the Elephant. Give me the opportunity to serve you, so we can implement policies which will create jobs, and bring wealth to all Ghanaians,” he said.
With the majority of residents of Boako engaged in cocoa farming, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the imprints of the work President Kufuor did in the cocoa sector is still there for all to see. Under the Mahama government, however, all the gains chalked by President Kufuor, which resulted in the raising of the standard of living of cocoa farmers, have been eroded.
“Under Mahama, the cocoa sector is in decline. When, God-willing, you give me the opportunity, the good work President Kufuor did for the growth of the cocoa sector is one I am also going to emulate,” he assured.
On the National Health Insurance Scheme, which he described as “one of the most important pieces of social legislation in the history of our country and on the continent”, the NPP flagbearer noted that this programme has collapsed under the watch of President Mahama.
He assured residents of Boako that “I am coming into office to revitalize it, so the poor and vulnerable in our society can gain access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
Nana Akufo-Addo recounted his promise, in 2012, of making sure that all school-going children are afforded the chance to go to school, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, whether rich or poor.
“I was going to make sure that all school-going childrenl got equal access to senior high school education. I am still committed to this pledge. When I win, God-willing, I will truly implement the Free SHS policy. This is one sure way whereby we can rapidly develop our country,” he said.
On his policy for the creation of jobs, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that “in every district, we will help set up one factory, which will help create jobs. We have thought through this policy very well and have the blueprints in place for its implementation when. I am not one to promise something, when I know very well that I cannot fulfil it. I have so much respect for the Ghanaian people. When I say I will do something, I will do it.”
With ‘Dumsor’ continuing to plague residents of Boako, Nana Akufo-Addo stressed that his government, God-willing from 2017, is coming into office “to solve the problem of dumsor in Ghana.” He reiterated that his government will not be like that of President Mahama, which, over the last 5 years, has announced countless dates for the end of ‘Dumsor’, albeit to no avail.
In concluding, he noted that “every country that seeks progress and development must have a good leader. A good leader is one who is not coming into office to steal the monies of Ghanaians. A good leader is selfless and has love for his country and his people. A good leader is one who has good policies and an array of able men and women who can give the nation a 1st class government.”
He therefore appealed to residents of Boako, and Sefwi Wiawso, to vote massively for him and the party’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, in the December 7 elections, with the assurance that “we, in the NPP, will not disappoint Ghanaians.”