Hon Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, former Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing The former Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential aspirant, Hon Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, has reiterated government's commitment to the development of the youth since they form part of the core leaders of the country.
According to him, the 2008 Budget statement presented by the Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Mr Kwadwo Baah Wiredu, clearly demonstrates a brighter future for the youth since it focuses mainly on development, saying “government is doing all that it can to empower the youth of today for the challenges ahead”.
He said this at a rally organised by the Central Regional branch of the party at Cape Coast over the week-end under the theme: “The Clarion Call, Unity for the Third Successive Term – Victory 2008”
Hon Owusu-Agyeman noted that the government had kept faith with the people of the region for the past years, and this is evident by the numerous developmental projects it has undertaken in the region. He disclosed that the government had acquired a vast land in the region and would soon begin the construction of affordable houses for the people.
The General Secretary of the party, Nana Ohene Ntow, in his address, stated that the government introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), the Capitation Grant among others to ensure the well-being of Ghanaian and that “It was only obvious that Ghanaians will reciprocate the gesture by retaining it in power in the 2008 general elections”, Nana Ohene Ntow stressed.
The National Chairman of the party Mr Mac Manu, stated that those who held the opinion that the party would split after the December 22 delegated congress were living in dreamlands.
According to him, the party was the fastest growing political party in Africa which “understands internal democracy, all 18 presidential aspirants were only exhibiting the party's internal democratic mechanism.”
He pointed out that the party “is for today, tomorrow and forever”, adding that all structures needed for the sustainability of the party at the grassroots levels have been put in place and are working effectively.
He noted that all previous victories of the party had been on merits and not on any foul means as being speculated, adding that hard work, commitment and dedication have injected strong spirit into the party moving it from strength to strength.
The chairman urged all party supporters to educate the masses on the good programmes and developmental agenda of the party.
Six out of the 18 aspirants who took turns to address supporters stepped up their campaign with a common message that the party's unity was more important than their individual ambitions and added that they would support anyone who emerged winner after the congress.
Among those present at the rally were Ministers of State, National, Regional and Constituency Executives of the party, as well as thousands of party supporters and sympathisers drawn from 19 constituencies in the region.