PPP Eyes Assin North Seat
With more than three years to the 2020 polls, the Progressive People's Party (PPP), has expressed its unwavering determination to convincingly win the Assin North Parliamentary seat.
The party has developed new programmes for a paradigm shift in campaign strategies to entice the electorates to vote out the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament, Anna Duruwaa
It has also overcome the 2016 electoral defeat and working at re-awakening the grassroots to buy into the new vision of the party.
Speaking at an affirmation of the Assin North Constituency Party executives at Breku in the Central Region, Mr Isaac Manu, the 2016 parliamentary Candidate said "the PPP is poised and ready to win the seat convincingly in the 2020 general election.
In all, 21 new executives were selected and confirmed as stated in the party's constitution and supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The former Parliamentary Candidate accused the current MP of not doing much to reduce the plights of the people over the increasing inadequate infrastructural facilities, health care, sanitation, unemployment and poverty
To reverse the trend, he observed that the party would encourage and empower women with resources, equip them with skills and create jobs to become the key driving forces in the fight against hunger and poverty.
'What women in the constituency need is not only micro support but increased mechanisation, technological innovation, education and skills development."
They would intensify their financial inclusion in agribusiness and empower them with knowledge and skills to use modern technologies in agribusiness and agricultural value chains', he said.
On graduate unemployment, he indicated that they would be encouraged and assisted to undergo internship in computer hardware and software, leadership and entrepreneurship training free of charge.
Mr Manu added that the programme was aimed at equipping the Youth with employable and entrepreneurial skills to enable them secure jobs or start their own small businesses, instead of going round looking for non-existent jobs.
He explained that they would be given practical and career-oriented, and the model involved getting students, especially the youth, to develop personal business plans.
He indicated that the beneficiaries would receive financial literacy education, counseling and access to business development services.
Mr. Awusi encouraged beneficiaries of the Youth Empowerment Programme who had already benefited from it to utilise the knowledge and skills they had acquired from the training to better their lot and that of others in the society.
To achieve the renewed vision of the party, he called for the unflinching support of all for the new executives of the party to work together to that effect.
Nevertheless, he lauded government's plan to roll out a 'planting for food and jobs' programme, in a bid to promote food security in the country.
According to him, the initiative would help solve some of the challenges be-devilling the agricultural sector such as the importation of unwholesome products.
The framework for the policy is to establish a commercially viable private limited liability company with growth potential in the district with the objective of promoting economic growth and creating jobs for the citizenry.
Mr Manu however, commended the government for the initiative, saying the policy fitted into a development strategy that sought its intervention and facilitation for economic development.
He encouraged the private sector to take advantage of the opportunity because it was a laudable initiative and had all the hallmark of success.
He urged the government to ensure that there were reliable supply of industrial infrastructure, access to appropriate technology, supply of raw materials, access to medium to long term goals and a good tax regime for the policy to succeed.
By Isaac Arkoh, GNA