I’ll fight corruption with vigour -Nana Addo
Date published: October 2, 2012
From Issah Alhassan, Oyoko-Ashanti Region
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has pledged to adopt a radical approach in fighting the menace of corruption in the governance system of Ghana, when elected into office.
He will also ensure the protection and judicious use of the country’s resources, including direct revenues coming from state institutions, for the benefit of the Ghanaian populace.
The NPP flagbearer observed that the rate at which corruption and financial mismanagement had become endemic in the current administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was worrying, adding that corruption had become the order of the day.
Addressing a crowd of supporters at Oyoko, Sekyere and other parts of the Kumawu Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Nana Addo said the NDC had, since its assumption of power, wasted the tax payers’ money under the guise of paying judgment debts, citing instances of alleged improprieties in the payment of judgement debts to Alfred Agbesi Woyome and CP Construction, amongst others. Nana Addo, however, promised that under his presidency, he would keep faith with the people, and ensure that Ghanaians become the ultimate beneficiaries of the resources available in the country.
“There would be nothing like Woyome or bad judgement debt payments under my presidency. I believe that the monies and the resources are for the people of Ghana, and not a few individuals, and so the people of Ghana must enjoy it,” he noted.
The NPP presidential candidate, who received a rousing welcome at the places he visited, said the NDC had failed to sustain the good policies and vibrant economy left behind by the erstwhile administration of President John Agyekum Kufuor.
“This is not the kind of Ghana Kufuor left behind. President Kufuor left behind an economy that was robust and could rub shoulders with major foreign currencies like the dollar and the pound, but now what do we see, the NDC has totally collapsed the economic system of Ghana,” he emphasised.
Nana Addo, however, said all was not lost yet, and that when Ghanaians vote the NPP into power on December 7, things would change for the better.
He further bemoaned that the government of the day had worsened the plight of farmers, stating that the fertiliser subsidy programme and other interventions introduced by ex-President Kufuor to support farmers in the country had been poorly managed under this administration.
“Now, fertilisers meant for Ghanaian farmers have found their way into Nigeria, Togo, Benin and other neighbouring countries, and the few that are left too, you have to be a member of the NDC before you can gain access to them,” he asserted.
Nana said he would also work hard to fix Ghana’s ailing economy, particularly, the depreciating local currency, and also improve the quality of the health insurance scheme.
“We shall give value to our raw materials and ensure the industrialisation of the economy that will lead to job creation, thereby reducing youth unemployment,” Nana Addo further pledged.
He also reaffirmed his commitment towards the free senior high school policy, promising that the programme would come into force as soon as he assumes power.
A former presidential spokesperson, Mr. Kwabena Adjei Agyapong, called on the people in the Kumawu constituency to give the NPP overwhelming votes to ensure victory for the party.
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