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05.05.2004 General News

Ghana's under dev't is due to mismanagement- PNC

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Mpraeso, May 5, GNA- The leader of the People's National Convention (PNC), Dr Edward Mahama, has attributed the country's under development, poverty and high illiteracy rate to the mismanagement of its resources after the overthrow of the Convention People's Party (CPP) 38 years ago. He, therefore, called on Ghanaians to vote for the PNC in December Presidential and Parliamentary elections to reactivate the CPP programmes for development.

Dr Mahama was addressing PNC supporters at Nkawkaw, Atibie and Mpraeso as part of his one-day visit to the Kwahu South district. He said the first Republic under Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, spent the 400 million dollars left over by the colonial government to construct a number of basic schools, 145 Senior Secondary schools, a University and a Medical School, the Tema Harbour, the Accra-Tema motorway and a lot of industries to promote socio-economic development in the country.

Dr Mahama promised that the PNC would provide fee free education for every school-going child from the Primary to the Senior Secondary School (SSS) level, if the party was voted into power.

He said he and a number of Ghanaians benefited from Nkrumah's fee free educational programme and are now working in responsible positions towards the country's development, saying "I don't see the reason why the children of the present generation should not benefit from that programme to enable them contribute towards the future development of the nation."

The PNC leader called for the declaration of 21st September, Dr Nkrumah's birthday, as a "Founders Day" which should be declared a public holiday to honour the founder of the nation.

Mr Charles Kofi Wayo, a leading member of PNC, called on the government to adopt effective management of the nation's resources and avoid selling national assets and contracting roads with multi-national financial organisations with harsh conditions.

He said both the NDC and NPP sold and were still selling the nation's assets instead of ensuring effective management to improve the country's socio-economic development.

The Mpraeso constituency candidate of the party, Mr Godfred Asiamah, advised Ghanaians to examine their future and vote for the PNC.

Dr Mahama later paid a courtesy call on the chief of Mpraeso, Nana Ampadu Daaduam II at his palace.