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30.10.2008 Social News

Easier times ahead for women

By The Statesman

While the running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the NPP,  Mahamudu Bawumia, was busily campaigning in the northern sectors of the country, his wife, Samira, at the weekend visited the Krowor constituency in Accra  to exhort the party faithful, especially the female constituents, to rally behind the NPP because according to her, easier times lay ahead of them.

At Kwowor, where she inaugurated an Akufo-Addo Fan Club, Mrs  Bawumia said, "As mothers we used to agonise about the education of our  children before the advent of the NPP administration  in 2001.

 With the introduction of free education to the Junior High School level, monies that would have been used to pay school fees can now be redirected elsewhere.'

Mrs Bawumia stated that Nana Akufo-Addo had promised to build on this by making education at the Senior High School level fee free. In addition to this, the school feeding programme would be expanded to include all public schools and thus, give further relief to parents.

This, she noted, would alleviate the plight of women, many of whom are the breadwinners in their homes.

Mrs Bawumia assured the teeming crowd that surged to the ground to catch a glimpse of her that the free maternal and post natal care introduced by the Kufuor administration would continue under an Akufo -Addo presidency.

'Just as the Kufuor administration has been gender sensitive, Akufo-Addo"s administration will do more in this direction for women who constitute more than half the population of Ghana', Samira promised.

 She urged the supporters to campaign for the NPP Presidential candidate as well as the Parliamentary candidate for Krowor, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, for the continuance of the party's   developmental agenda for Ghana.

 The Parliamentary candidate, who is also a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, said he was encouraged by the fact that individuals in the constituency had taken it upon themselves to canvass for votes for him and Nana Akufo-Addo.

 'It is a testament to the good work that the NPP has done since its assumption of office in 2001. Actions such as these are an indication of the NPP's imminent victory in the December polls.'

Greater Accra Regional Women's Organiser of the party, Vida Dugbartey, asked them to be wary of the NDC as 'a vote for Prof Mills is a vote to bring Rawlings back.'

In a related development, Mrs Samira Bawumia told the Tudu Zongo community of the Korle Klottey constituency in the Greater Accra Region that victory for the New Patriotic Party is victory for the women of Ghana.

Being a young educated Moslem woman and perceived to be the second lady in-waiting, there was a huge crowd of NPP supporters and other sympathisers of the party to listen to her words of encouragement.

Samira in her address, challenged the people to compare the records of the various political parties.

To her, if they did this thoroughly there would be no doubt in their minds as to which party to vote for.

'The NPP has done so much for us women, directly or indirectly', she underscored.

According to her, the women in the party owe it a duty to canvass for votes for the NPP to win this year's election.