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20.11.2008 Elections

Nduom meets Central Regional Chiefs

By David Alan Painstil Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The presidential candidate of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, on Tuesday interacted with the Central Region House of Chiefs, to outline his vision for the region and the nation as whole.

The fairly-represented chiefs welcomed him to the House, and commended him for taking the bold step to campaign for the presidency.

Speaking at a short ceremony, Dr. Nduom told the chiefs that he was there to introduce himself to them and sell his ideas, as well as solicit support from them.

He promised to resource the chiefs to enable them play their part in the developmental agenda of the country, through a strengthened local council.

He said he would make education free and compulsory, from the kindergarten to senior high school level.

According to Dr. Nduom, he would build an airstrip in the Central Region, and develop it within five years into a full airport, as a way of promoting tourism in the region, which is known as the hub of Ghanaian tourism.

In addition, Dr. Nduom said he would establish a fishing research and boat institute in the region, to enable fishermen own vessels, claiming that he would institute a pension scheme for both fishermen and farmers in Ghana.

Daasebre Kwebu Ewusie, the newly-elected President of the House, appealed to all presidential candidates to ensure peaceful elections in December.

Dr. Nduom was the third presidential candidate to visit the House, after Nana Akufo Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, NDC presidential candidate had earlier visited the chiefs.

Meanwhile, the political activities in the region heightened on Tuesday, as President Kufuor was in the region to commission a number of projects, such as the Baafikrom Water Project, Sekyere Hemang Water Project and the Mallam-Yamoransa highway, as a way of soliciting votes for his party.

While at it, former President Jerry John Rawlings was also campaigning at Ankaful near Saltpond and Anomabo, all in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.