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08.05.2007 General News

I’ll ensure the socio-economic development of Ghana

By Agyarko

One of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirants, Mr. Boakye Agyarko
has pledged to plan and work hard to put in place a government that would seek to improve upon the general well-being of Ghanaians if he was given the mandate on the ticket of the party to lead the nation.

The 51-year old banker who was the former vice-president of the Bank of New York told newsmen at a press conference at Cape Coast that even though the Kufuor administration had made some significant successes within the past six years, there was still a lot of work to be done to improve the lots of Ghanaians.

Mr. Agyarko outlined some of the achievements of the Kufuor administration to include the stabilization of the cedi, the decline in inflation and interest rates among others and stressed that even though these are good ingredient for the growth of investment and businesses, the country need to battle issues that impede its progress such as, high debt rates, corruption and inefficiency on the part of public officials.

He pointed out that a lot of people in the country still lived below the poverty line and the common basic needs of life that include food, clothing and shelter elude them while unemployment rate particularly among the youth was still high and promised to work hard to ensure that the country overcame those problems.

“The economic and social reconstruction of our nation must be given the utmost attention” he declared adding that it was unfortunate that the country's market was still flooded with goods from the European Union and China at the expense of the local industries.

Mr Agyarko said he would also focus his attention unto “growth orientation” where he would ensure quality of life issues such as health, education, employment among others for the benefit of all Ghanaians.

He said he would promote transparency in official conduct and also deepen further the respect for the rule of law in the bid to advance good governance. – GNA