The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has called on voters in the Kumawu Constituency, and Ghanaians in general, to ignore the propaganda work of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that seeks to paint a gloomy picture of the country.
According to him, when the opposition party, led by former President John Dramani Mahama, was in power, they could not introduce any sound policy to transform the national economy, but they were the same people going round the country to throw dust into the eyes of the people.
Speaking at a mammoth rally at Kumawu yesterday to convince voters to vote for the NPP candidate in tomorrow’s by election, Veep Bawumiah said one of the sound policies of the government that was really benefiting the masses was the Gold for Oil policy. According to him, because of this sound policy they introduced somewhere last year, prices of petroleum products were beginning to come down.
He also told the cheering crowd that the depreciation of the local currency, the Cedi, which was causing much apprehension among the business communities, was also beginning to stabilise. According to him, another major factor that was transforming the economy of Ghana under the Akufo-Addo leadership was the digitisation policy.
The economist cum politician said because of the structures they had put in place, Ghanaians could now transfer money from their mobile money accounts to their bank accounts and vice versa.
The digitisation policy had also made it possible for people to sit in the comfort of their homes to pay their water and electricity bills without any sweat. The National Health Insurance (NHIS) card holders could also renew their registration through their phones without going to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) offices to do so.
Dr. Bawumia also referred the voters to the fact that drones were now transferring essential medicines from the urban centres to the hard-to-reach areas, which was helping to boost quality healthcare delivery in the rural areas. He noted that the NDC, which was painting the government black in the eyes of the voters, could not implement any of the above policies when the party was in power.
He, therefore, called on the voters in the Kumawu Constituency to vote for the NPP candidate, so that they could get the numbers to push through policies of the government that would totally transform the national economy.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, declared that the upcoming by-election in Kumawu would serve as a pivotal starting point for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) victory in the 2024 elections.
He expressed confidence in the NPP’s chances and emphasised the significance of the by-election in shaping the party’s trajectory, going into the 2024 General Elections.
“Kumawu holds the key to our success in the upcoming elections. Let us seize this opportunity, mobilise our supporters, and pave the way for a resounding victory in 2024,” the President said.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the strategic significance of the Kumawu Constituency served as a critical cornerstone for the NPP’s triumph in the upcoming general elections, stating that the support and momentum garnered in Kumawu would reverberate nationwide, forging the path to the NPP’s victory in 2024.
He urged the people of Kumawu to be vigilant and actively participate in the democratic process. He endorsed Ernest Yaw Anim, the NPP candidate for the by-election, as the best choice to represent the constituency. The President expressed confidence that Anim would secure victory, aligning with the NPP’s vision for progress, development, and peace.
During his speech, the President also touched upon various achievements and developments under his administration. He highlighted the strides made by his administration, particularly in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have lifted all restrictions on COVID for everything to bounce back, and so things are getting better,” he said, emphasising the government’s commitment to revitalising the economy and fostering growth.
Furthermore, the President celebrated the recent approval received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which he hailed as “great news”, attributing the fast approval of the IMF loan to the tireless efforts and compelling case presented by his government.
The President maintained that the current NPP administration had already accomplished a substantial amount of work, in line with its campaign promises, and, hence, it was only right that Ghanaians gave the NPP the mandate in 2024 to continue with its works.
He was accompanied by several high-ranking party officials like the National Chairman, Stephen Ntim, General Secretary Justin Frimpong Kodua, and National Organiser Henry Nana Boakye among others.