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10.10.2008 Politics

I will use Kufuor`s method to source funds -Nana Addo

By Richard Kofi Attenkah, Tema - Ghanaian Chronicle

Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that he would use the same method adopted by President Kufour to secure funding for the Capitation grant, which has become the magic wand in getting children into schools across the country, to secure the funding to start his free secondary school policy when voted into power.

The NPP flagbearer was reacting to concerns raised by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the effect that if he has the ability to raise funds to make secondary education free, then he should look for money to settle the Volta River Authority's (VRA) mounting debt.

According to him, when the NPP took office seven and half years ago and hinted of its desire to provide free education at the basic level, members of the NDC questioned where they were going to get funding from, but they have proved that they meant what they promised.

Addressing party supporters at the Tema Fishing Harbour last Wednesday, as part of his campaign tour of the Tema Metropolitan area, Akufo-Addo said he intended to make Tema the foundation for his dream of making Ghana an industrialized country.

Nana Addo hinted that Tema already had the infrastructure well laid out and all he would need to do is to build upon it and set in motion his dream of making the Harbour city the hub of his industrialized Ghana to provide jobs for the unemployed youth along our streets.

He disclosed that the whole world is looking up to Ghana to organize a peaceful, free and fair election to show that indeed Ghana is the gateway to the West Africa sub-region, if not Africa. The Abuakwa South Member of Parliament (MP) continued that the NPP was committed to a peaceful election because the party represents unity and not division and confusion.

Allan Kyeremateng, a member of his campaign team called on supporters of the party to go out there and preach about the good works of the party. He said since taking office in 2001 the NPP has undertaken a number of projects that have improved upon the living conditions of all Ghanaians.

The man popularly known in political circles as 'Allan K' disclosed that before the NPP took office only a handful of Ghanaians could afford a mobile phone, but today many more people own mobile phones, saying that it is one of the good works of the NPP.

Kwabena Agyapong, also a member of the campaign team hinted that Ghanaians all over the country have decided to give their votes to Akufo Addo to become the next President of the country, and called on the people of Tema to do same.

Sheik I. C. Quaye, Minister of the Greater Accra region called on residents of Tema to vote massively for Nana Akufo Addo as President and Evans Ashong Narh as MP for Tema East. Some of the places Nana and his team toured include Sakumono, Tema Community Two, BBC, Adjei Kojo - all suburbs of Tema, Tema Fishing Harbour, Ashaiman and Kpone-Katamanso.

The team also visited the Tema General Hospital , where the Parliamentary Candidate for Tema East, Irene Naa Torshi Addo donated some toys to children at the children's ward, and the Adjei Kojo School of the Deaf, where the team donated exercise books, bags of rice, boxes of sunlight soap and sardine to the inmates.