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15.10.2008 Politics

Teachers hail Nana-Bawumia pair

By The Statesman

Teachers in the Kumasi Metropolis on Monday expressed confidence that the teaching profession in Ghana would witness swift transformation under the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Mahamadu Bawumia, and have therefore indicated their support for the duo's presidential bid so as to make the dream of teachers come to fruition.

"With Bawumia and Nana forming the team, the conditions of teachers will undoubtedly be better', the teachers said, adding 'they (NPP) have shown it since they assumed office in 2001, and we are very optimistic that when we give the nod to Nana Addo and his team, they will deliver to the satisfaction of us all'.

According to the teachers, with the combination of Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia, the economic status of teachers would greatly be improved while the image of the profession uplifted.

'This', to them, 'is possible as the current NPP government under the presidency of J A Kufuor, has demonstrated it through their commitment to the welfare of teachers in the past seven-and-a-half years.

When Dr. Bawumia met the teaching body in the Kumasi Metropolis as part of his tour of the Ashanti region, the spokesman for the teachers, J K Asumadu, entreated his colleagues to give the NPP the mandate to continue with the good governance of this country.

'For we the teachers gathered here this evening, our destiny and future lie in our own hands; and if we really want a better life for ourselves, then we should consider giving our votes to the government which has shown tangible commitment to us in the past seven years.

 I urge you, for the sake of this profession, to consider Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate as the next President and Vice President respectively of this nation', Mr. Asumadu stated in his welcome address.

The visit by the NPP running mate to the teachers at the GNAT Hall was to identify himself with some of the concerns and grievances of teachers and brainstorm on how to tackle them when elected as the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. He had earlier paid a similar visit to the College of Education at Tanoso.

The Minister of Defence, Albert Kan-Dapaah, who was part of Dr Bawumia"s entourage, said it was evident that under the NPP government, the teaching profession had recorded a major facelift.

He gave the assurance that the NPP government would continue to give priority to the welfare of teachers in particular, and education in general.

Dr. Bawumia reminded the teachers that the December election was about their future and that of their children and that they should vote for the NPP to retain power for them (teachers) to have their dream of quality conditions of service come true.