BUSINESS AND social activities at Bawku came to a halt last Sunday, when the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof John Evans Atta Mills, arrived in the town amidst acrobatic displays by motorcycles, bicycles and cars.
The large crowd poured onto the streets of the town in a calm atmosphere, and as the convoy passed through some strongholds of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the party's supporters were seen doing their kangaroo dance.
After paying a courtesy call on the Bawku Naba, Asigri Abugragu Azoka II, who gave him a warm reception, Prof. Mills then returned to the lorry park, where NDC supporters were waiting for the learned professor to address them.
He thanked the people of Bawku for their superb support for the party in the previous elections, and promised them peace, jobs, quality education with more emphasis on Technical/Vocational education and good roads among other things.
According to him, a sheanut processing factory would be established in the Upper East Region, to process 5,000 tonnes of sheanut for both local and international markets. Women would be provided with money to take advantage of the yet-to-be established factory, to improve upon their trading.
Prof. Mills also promised that an NDC government, under his administration, would establish a Savannah Accelerated Development Authority to help fast-track agriculture in the three regions of the North.
He urged the people to have confidence in him and the NDC, and vote massively for them to restructure the economy, reminding them that this year's elections were about the welfare of Ghanaians.
On revenue expected to accrue from the oil find, the flagbearer said an independent body would be set up to see to the management of the revenue.
The revenue would be used to provide social services such as roads, electricity, water, as well as education, and modern agriculture methods.
Prof. Mills paid tribute to the security personnel in Bawku for their dedicated service, which has brought peace to the area, regretting that despite their important roles, their living conditions were just like that of the ordinary Ghanaian, and pledged to improve upon it when elected president.
In Bolgatanga, the presidential candidate visited the family of the late Osuman Ali, a 45 year-old teacher at the Azumasi Junior High School in Bolgatanga, who lost his life during a peace march about a week ago.
At Pussiga, it was revealed that 22 members of the NPP had defected to the NDC.
Mr. Ato Ahwoi, Ama Benyiwadu and Mahama Ayariga were some of the leading members of the NDC who were part of Mills' campaign team to the region.
Mills also visited the Garu-Tempane and Pussiga constituencies, where he paid courtesy calls on the chiefs, sought their permissions to campaign in their areas and asked for their prayers and blessings.