Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is sure that his party will win the December polls because of its unprecedented track record of developing the nation, as well as the attainment of economic stability under the party.
He said President J.A. Kufuor had laid a solid foundation for the development of the nation, and that what was needed was another NPP Administration to build the structure for Ghanaians to experience better conditions of life.
Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing party supporters in Accra as part of his Greater Accra Regional campaign tour.
In the company of some leading members of the party, including Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, Mr Alan Kyerematen, Ms Vicki Bright and Lord Commey, the NPP flag bearer held rallies and had whistle stops at Obom Domeabra, Trobo Amasama and Ablekuma South constituencies.
He also introduced the parliamentary aspirants for the three constituencies.
One unique feature of the tour was that the flag bearer, some reporters and party supporters were in one bus throughout the tour of about 10 places. According to some party members, the move was to cut down on the fleet of cars that form the campaign convoy.
Nana Akufo-Addo said that the next NPP government would find the resources to make senior high school education free.
“Just as we managed the economy prudently to get resources to finance free education at the basic level, we will do same to ensure that all Ghanaians, rich or poor, have quality secondary education. We have the track record”, he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Akim Abuakwa South, said when the NPP announced that it was going to make basic education free, some doubting Thomases questioned how the Kufuor Administration would be able to fund such programme, but it had been able to achieve that.
He said the NPP believed that education was the best way of reducing poverty and of empowering the people to realise their God-given talents to help in the achievement of a first world status for Ghana.
“There should not be any excuse whatsoever for any Ghanaian child not to benefit from secondary education. Whether their parents are rich or poor, there should not be any hindrance in benefiting from secondary education,” he added.
He said it was for that reason that the NPP administration was working tirelessly to ensure that Ghanaian youth were provided with the opportunity to also unleash their talents to help develop the nation.
The NPP flag bearer advised Ghanaians to be wary of politicians who played the ethnic card to score political points. He described such politicians as being a threat to national unity, and enemies of progress, who must not be voted for.
He appealed to the supporters of the NPP to be decorous in their campaign message and refrain from the use of abusive and intemperate language.
Mr Osafo-Maafo expressed surprise that after castigating the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the School Feeding Programme and the Metro Mass Transit System, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in their manifesto, was proposing to continue their implementation when they won power.
Story by Donald Ato Dapatem