The former Vice President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof. John Evans Atta Mills has stated that ever since NPP assumed power corruption has been on the ascendancy in the country because the government is full of corrupt officials. He said because corrupt officials have been put at the helm of affairs they have succeeded in plundering national coffers to the detriment of the masses.
He has therefore appealed to Ghanaians to vote for him and his NDC party back to power to stop the rot and also free the country from nepotism, which is gaining currency in the country.
Prof Mills was speaking to a group of people at Komenda, a fishing community in the Central Region as part of his door-to-door campaign on Monday this week.
He urged Ghanaians to read former national premix fuel coordinator's book on premix entitled, “Premix: Avenue for Political lies and deceit,” which portrays how some NPP officials stole billions of cedis from the premix business at the expense of fishermen in the country.
Prof Mills commended Mr Kojo Mbir, who hails from Komenda, for his bold step in writing the book that has exposed the corrupt activities engaged by some NPP government officials and party activists in the distribution of premix fuel.
He again advised Ghanaians to emulate Mr Mbir for his patriotism by resisting all attempts to corrupt him. Prof Mills was very serious about the current spate of corruption that has rocked the country and pointed out that the NDC was going to monitor closely, the outcome of the oil discovery in the Western Region in order to prevent the NPP from pulling corrupt mechanisms into it.
He added that President John Agyekum Kufuor was silent on the massive corruption going on in the sale of premix fuel because he was the same person who put the corrupt officials there and knew that was going on. Prof Mills appealed to the fishermen to help the NDC regain power to fight corruption to the barest minimum, repeating his stance that he would make corruption a risky commodity, which only fools would risk to patronize.
He promised that under his government, he would ensure that Komenda, which taught fishermen in Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast fishing techniques, got to the position that President Kufuor and his administration had failed to get them. Prof Mills also noted that the 'positive change' slogan the New Patriotic Party (NPP) used to lure Ghanaians into voting for them had rather come to frustrate and worsen the plight of the poor. According to him, the NPP instead of reducing poverty through job creation as promised, had rather made the poor poorer just to enable them (NPP) buy their votes to win political power always.
The National Women's Organizer of the NDC, Ms Ama Benyiwa Doe, described NPP as the worst government Ghanaians had ever had after Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the First President of Ghana. The vociferous Women's Organizer appealed to Ghanaians to reject the NPP in the 2008 elections. She therefore called on the people to ensure that they vote massively for Prof Mills to rule the country in 2009, adding that they should not reject Prof Mills this time as he was one of them. She made it clear that Prof Mills would not disappoint them should he become President and advised them to discard any negative propaganda that would come from NPP quarters.