PROFESSOR JOHN Evans Atta Mills, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has assured the people of the Ashanti region that his government will not neglect them when voted into power.
Speaking at separate mini rallies in Kumasi last Wednesday, Prof. Mills said although Ashantis have for years been following the New Patriotic Party (NPP), they have now realized that the party has nothing good up its sleeves for them, hence their resolve to abandon it.
He said most Ghanaians in the year 2000 and 2004 gave the NPP a chance to see how best it could help them, but having realized the party really had nothing better for the nation, there was no way they would be given another chance.
Prof. Mills, who is on a campaign tour of the Ashanti region, was optimistic about winning more votes from the region in the December polls considering the rousing welcome he had so far received from the people.
He said looking at how the people of the Ashanti region have now accepted the NDC, there was no doubt that the NDC would win this year's elections.
Prof. Mills urged the people to vote massively for the NDC if they really want to see progress in their lives.
Commenting on the School Feeding Programme introduced by the NPP, he said although the idea was good it was very sad that some school children were being denied access to it and promised that when voted into power the NDC would ensure that all school-going children benefit from the programme.
He also promised to make education more attractive by ensuring that the youth get jobs after their tertiary education.
He mentioned that his government would establish Youth Employment Training Centres throughout the country so that those who would find it difficult getting jobs would be given further training after school.
On farming, Prof. Mills said his government would give proper education to people who would want to go into farming so they would practice better farming.
Prof. Mills said governance was not about empty promises and reminded the gathering not to be deceived by the empty promises of the NPP but vote it out of power.
He remarked that due to the poor administration of the NPP government everything was currently being imported into the country.
According to him, although there was a lot of cash in the country, only few people were enjoying it and called on the people to vote him into power so that all the corrupt practices would cease.
Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, on her part, said it is good there has been a change of government in the country as Ghanaians can now better access the performances of both the NPP and the NDC.
She said the NPP always boasted of bringing free education, but indicated that there was no free education in the country looking at the cost of educational materials students purchased on their own.
From Stella Danso, Kumasi