Akufo-Addo woos U/E to consider NPP
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wants the people of the Upper East Region to consider giving the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) more votes in the December 7 General Elections.
The President says over the years, the NPP had not performed well in the region, and would appreciate it if the chiefs and the people, looking at the performance of his government, softened their stance on the party.
He was addressing a meeting of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs on Thursday, October 8, 2020, to which he had been invited.
In his address, President Akufo-Addo stated that the Upper East Region had, since the advent of the 4th Republic, not looked favourably on the NPP, either in the presidential or parliamentary elections.
“The presidential candidates of my party, the three – Prof. Adu Boahen, John Agyekum Kufuor, and myself – have never won the majority of the popular votes in the Upper East Region and, indeed, our party has not fared well in the parliamentary elections. Three out of the fifteen seats of the region are currently in the possession of the New Patriotic Party,” he said.
The President continued: “What I am, respectfully, asking of you is that, having regard to what is happening in this country the last three, nearly four, years of a performing government that has fulfilled the overwhelming majority of its commitments to the Ghanaian people, and has shown its determination to work in the interest of all the peoples of Ghana without discrimination, that this time round, the Upper East looks favourably on the elephant party and help us become the majority party in the Upper East.”
President Akufo-Addo told the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs that in the three and half years that he had been in office, he has had the opportunity to manifest to the Ghanaian people the honesty with which he made the promises of 2016 to them.
The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, Naba Olando Ayamga Awuni III, who is also Paramount Chief of Naaga Traditional Area, in his address, said the decision taken by the President Akufo-Addo to seek a second term in office was wholly appropriate and would be granted by the electorate.
According to Naba Olando Ayamga Awuni III: “Seeking for a 2nd term is appropriate, and it shall be granted by your performance, and that will ensure victory for you.
Excited by the development projects undertaken by the President over the course of the last three and a half years, Naba Awuni III stated that “notable amongst the prominent projects are the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Polimakom road under construction; the Pwalugu Multi-Purpose Dam, and the provision of ambulance services to all constituencies across the region.”
Whilst acknowledging other projects “like educational infrastructure, agricultural improvement, and other social intervention policies”, the Chief recalled that in 2017, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, where some specific demands on projects were made.
“We are, therefore, grateful to know that those demands have been met. Your Excellency, the Ghanaian constitution debars us from taking part in active party politics,” he said.
The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs continued: “As Chiefs, our role is speaking our mind on national issues. There is a thin line between partisan politics and speaking one’s mind or opinion on national issues. However, our tradition allows us to commend whoever does something good for you.”
The President, who was on a two-day tour of the region, also, on the same day, cut the sod for the construction of a solid waste treatment facility at Sharigu in the Upper East Region.
At an estimated cost of €15 million, the plant is being established by the Jospong Group and its partners, in collaboration with the government, and which in line with the Akufo-Addo government’s policy of creating an enabling environment for the private sector to partner the government to bridge the infrastructure gap in sanitation.
Upon completion, the plant will receive, sort, and process 200 tonnes of solid waste within the Upper East Region.
The President noted that the benefits to be accrued from the project, include the effective and efficient management of municipal solid waste, the production of organic compost for horticultural and agronomical purposes, reduction in the high rate of plastic pollution, and the processing of recyclable fractions of the total waste such as paper, plastic and metal for reuse.
“Equally more important will be the provision of jobs for the youth of this community and its environs, which will help improve the local economy,” he said.