KICK-OUT THE CORRUPT NDC …and vote in the NPP…Nana Akufo-Addo’s prescription for transforming Ghana
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says the only means by which this country would move forward, and catch up with the Asian Tigers and other economies in the Middle Income bracket, is to kick-out what he described as the corrupt National Democratic Congress regime, and replace it with the New Patriotic Party he heads into the 2012 Presidential and Legislative elections.
“Kicking out the NDC is the surest way of reviving the economy. If we are to transform the economy and industrialise, the only way is to kick-out the corrupt NDC and vote in the NPP,” a highly charged Nana Akufo-Addo submitted at the Institute of Economic Affairs Presidential Debate at the Radach Memorial Centre in Tamale on Tuesday night.
He accused the NDC administration of siphoning state resources in massive corrupt deals and mismanagement. “In Kufuor’s era, he claimed, “a six classroom block cost GH¢85,000 to construct. Today, we are being told that the same classroom block cost GH¢300,000 and GH¢400,000.
He told the large audience and millions of viewers across the country that the NDC had failed woefully in managing the economy. Instead of building on what the Kufuor administration bequeathed to the nation in 2008, the NDC had perfected the art of paying huge and very dubious judgment debts.
“It has been an administration of promoting corruption, more corruption, and more corruption,” he charged.
Nana Akufo-Addo claimed that the return of the NDC to power in 2009, coincided with the country benefitting from the pragmatic policies of the Kufuor era, which had moved the economy from an almost zero growth, and left a healthy economy with GDP at over US$30 billion, followed by the flow of oil and gas, which should go to improve the economy.
He promised to build a society of a knowledgeable work-force moving the economy forward, saying that instead of whittling national resources on dubious deals, he would plough back national resources to ensure that the Ghanaian child was better educated at state expense, which was why he and the NPP were so passionate about free and quality second cycle education for all Ghanaians, irrespective of geographical area or the political affiliation of parents and wards.
He said he would put his Vice-President, Dr. Mahumudu Bawumia, one of Africa’s most renowned economists and financial analyst, to head the National Planning Commission, to ensure that policies evolved by the commission were implemented.
This brought a sharp rebuttal from President John Dramani Mahama, who contended that the Constitution, in its own wisdom, had insulated the commission from political interference. “Our operation must dovetail into the national plan,” he asserted.
The President said far from whittling national resources, the NDC had really moved the economy forward. Some of the benefits included high wages, occasioned by the Single Spine Salary Structure, and the moving of GDP from GH¢30 billion bequeathed by the NPP to GH¢70 billion at a time the economies in more advanced societies were taking a battering.
He spoke of agriculture growth of eight percent, and the establishment of the Buffer Stock Company that had stabilised the cost of food items in the country, and assured Ghanaians that the economy was in better hands, and that the NDC was the only option open to Ghanaians to improve the quality of their lives.
”As a child of post-independent Ghana, I was influenced by the agitation for equity,” promising to lead the Better Ghana agenda to bring relief to all Ghanaians.
Dr. Abu Sakara Foster reminded Ghanaians of the good old days of the Convention People’s Party, under its dynamic leader, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and said a vote for him would mean the return to the good policies of old that made Ghana the cynosure of all eyes in the international community.
Mr. Hassan Ayariga promised to grow cocoa from the one million tonnes achieved by the NDC administration in 2010 to 2 million. He did not indicate when and how, though.
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