Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has acknowledged the general hopelessness among the masses under the Mahama government, and given the assurance that his government, God-willing from January 2017, will make Ghana work again.
“There is hardship everywhere and the Ghanaian is suffering. But we can change this. I am asking for your vote, so we can change Ghana and bring jobs for our unemployed youth. For you, market women, a change in government will also mean an opportunity for the monetary system in Ghana to be fixed so you can also get back on your feet again. Ghana, a land filled with an abundance of human and natural resources, was not destined to be a poor country. We can do something about our circumstances, and that can only come about when I have your vote and your support,” he said.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, “the Mahama government has shown that it is incompetent and cannot be trusted to do the job. Be it businesses or agriculture, every aspect of the economy is in tatters. I am coming to fix all of this. I am going to assemble an array of talented men and women who will fix the economy, so we can bring relief, wealth and prosperity to every part of Ghana.”
He was addressing a large crowd of people that welcomed him into the Agona West, Gomoa Central and Gomoa West constituencies when he visited the areas as part of his 5-day tour of the Central region.
With complaint after complaint bordering on the unfavourable economic conditions prevailing in the country, which has resulted in collapsed businesses, rising cost of living, high prices of food commodities, amongst others, the clarion call by the Swedru market women was for a change in government so they could have relief.
“1-DISTRICT-1 FACTORY” POLICY
Saturday, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that his government plans to help establish a factory in each of the 216 districts across the country.
He made this commitment whilst touring the Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam, Mfantseman and Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese constituencies.
According to him, the setting up of these factories across the country will not only commence the rapid industrialization of Ghana’s economy, but will also result in the creation of jobs for the jobless masses.
It will also be recalled that, whilst touring the Volta Region, the NPP flagbearer, on Saturday, May 21, announced the establishment of Industrial Zones in the Ketu North and Ketu South districts, when Ghanaians vote the NPP into office.
For this to happen, Nana Akufo-Addo explained, Ghana’s broken monetary and fiscal systems, currently presided over by the Mahama government, will have to be fixed.
He noted that the mess in which Ghana’s economy finds itself is evident in the rising cost of living, skyrocketing levels of inflation, high bank lending/interest rates, and hikes in petroleum and utility prices, amongst others.
“The only way to free ourselves from the shackles of poverty is by fixing our monetary system. If we are to do this, our monetary system must be stable and strong. This is the only way we can empower Ghanaians. We want to help the private sector to flourish, and we will help establish factories in every district to help create jobs for the people,” he said.
He assured that this policy of setting up one factory per district is doable, and urged Ghanaians not to be hoodwinked by the usual propaganda of “they can’t do it” and “it is not possible.”
The NPP flagbearer recounted how President Mahama bastardised policies the NPP had rolled out both in 2008 and in 2012, only for him to turn around later to copy them, and only end up failing woefully to implement them.
“Two of such policies were the ‘Free SHS’, and the setting up of the Northern Development Authority. President Mahama told Ghanaians that these two policies were not possible, only for him to win power and try to implement them, albeit in total implementation failure”, he explained.