Bamahu (U/W) July 6, GNA - Professor John Evans Atta Mills, Flag Bearer of National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the cost of living in the country has risen more than ten-fold since the former ruling NDC Government lost power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) the December 2000 general election.
This situation, he said had reduced many Ghanaians to lives of misery and poverty.
The NDC Flag Bearer was addressing a large welcoming party of NDC supporters on Monday that met him at Bamahu, five kilometres from Wa, the Upper West Regional Capital.
Prof Mills was escorted by the enthusiastic NDC supporters riding on bicycles and motorbikes and in pick-ups and trucks to Wa to begin a five-day campaign tour, which is slated to take him to 38 communities throughout the Region.
Apparently pleased with the huge welcoming party, Prof. Mills said coming to Upper West Region was a sort of homecoming. He said the NDC, in seeking the mandate of the electorate to return it to power in Election 2004 would not promise Ghanaians what it could not fulfil, adding that the Party would be guided by truth and accountability.
The NDC Flag Bearer said the prices of foodstuffs, petroleum products and consumer items such as milk; granulated sugar and Milo had all risen so high that many Ghanaians could now hardly afford to buy them.
Professor Mills said the NPP Government had failed to fulfil the numerous pre-election promises I made to Ghanaians had now resorted to feeding the people with lies.
He said three-and-a- half years into office; the NPP Government had so far contracted loans to the tune of 35 trillion cedis and asked what the Government had done with the loans.
The NDC Flag Bearer described the Party's defeat in the 2000 presidential and parliamentary elections as the work of Allah ostensibly to give Ghanaians the chance to compare the NDC rule to that of the NPP, adding that now that they had seen the difference, they should not hesitate to return the NDC to power.
Earlier on his way to Wa, Prof. Mills addressed members of farming communities along the road, including Nyogli, Ga, Ponyentanga and Tanina.
He is accompanied by Mr Martin Amidu, his running mate in the 2000 elections and Mr Daniel Ohene Agyekum, former Ashanti Regional Minister.