Mahama stakes claim to Presidency
President John Dramani Mahama successfully went through the filing process to contest the 2012 presidential elections yesterday, and gave an assured performance at his Institute of Economic Affairs encounter.
With top officials of the National Democratic Congress by his side, President Mahama staked his claim to the Presidency by enumerating a number of projects the ruling party had in mind to execute the flawed Better Ghana agenda, which has failed to fly in the first four years of the NDC administration.
With support provided by NDC bigwigs, including Ms. Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, who introduced the President, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, Minister of Finance Dr. Kwabena Dufuor, Greater Accra Chairman of the NDC, Ade Coker, Chief of Staff John Henry Martey Newman and other government officials in tow, the NDC presidential candidate made quite a number of promises.
He promised to lead Ghana into the medium range of the Middle Income nations, warming the audience with the announcement that the NDC administration had raised Gross Domestic Product from GH¢30 billion left by the administration of John Agyekum Kufuor and his New Patriotic Party, to GH¢70 billion.
He talked about building a strong economy, putting people first, getting jobs for Ghanaians, and improving on infrastructure generally.
The President said the Single Spine Salary Structure had ballooned government expenditure on wages and salaries, from GH¢2 billion to 5.
He said since coming into office, the NDC had decreased schools under trees by 1,700, while the School Feeding Programme had been expanded to involve as many as one million children.
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