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27.10.2003 General News

Claims by govt of economic improvement is misleading

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Kotwi, (Ash), Oct. 27, GNA - A National Democratic Congress (NDC) functionary has debunked claims by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government that it had made significant improvement in various sectors of the national economy, describing the claims as misleading.

Mr. Sly Akakpovie, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, said the economy had rather witnessed a host of difficulties as evident in corruption in certain high offices, mass unemployment, hikes in utility tariffs and high cost of living.

Mr Akakpovie was speaking at the launch of a new NDC membership identification (ID) card by the Atwima-Kwanwoma constituency at Kotwi on Sunday.

The first ID card was auctioned at one million cedis and bought by one Mr Asafo Adjei, a staunch member of the party.

"The poverty levels of Ghanaians and their economic hardships are worse than ever before and there is no hope nor any indication that the situation is going to change for the better", he stressed.

Mr Akakpovie observed that if the NPP continues to be in power, the economic and social woes of Ghanaians will be compounded, saying, "this therefore makes it imperative for "us NDC members to work hard to remove them from power come 2004".

He urged NDC members to start by encouraging all their relatives and allies, who have attained the age of 18 years and above to register when the exercise for compilation of a new voters register begins.

Oheneba Kyem, NDC chairman of the Atwima-Kwanwoma constituency, entreated members of the party to focus more on the financial and material resources they could inject into the party to make it more viable and not what "you can get from the party in terms of financial gains".

The constituency chairman said there was nothing like financial gains to be derived from any party, since parties only serve as avenues for members to render selfless and sacrificial services to the people. Oheneba Kyem also appealed to all members to get actively involved in the campaign to win more members to the party and cease perceiving it as the duty of only leadership of the NDC.

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