President John Mahama, as he progressed in his ‘Accounting to the People’ tour of the Ashanti Region, has appealed to the Ashantis to give him a chance to rule Ghana the second time.
Mahama made these comments while addressing some chiefs and people in a durbar at Brewa near Kumawu in the Ashanti Region Tuesday.
The President, who is very confident that his administration has already done a lot for the people, strongly believes they have every reason to vote him again.
Mahama stressed that it is very pertinent to retain him in power, so as to enable him complete the numerous landmark projects he have at hand. According to him, these projects are good foundations for effective and rapid socio-economic development of the country.
Likening the presidency to a house project, President Mahama said a foundation is made first before the main house is constructed for people to live in it. He therefore maintained that he had laid down solid foundation in his first term and so deserves another four years to complete his projects for the people to enjoy.
Making reference to former presidents Rawlings and Kufuor, he pointed out that they were able to accomplish most of their goals because each of them stayed in office for eight years.
President Mahama noted that the country and the citizenry would benefit immensely from his administration if he is retained in office.
Stating that the country has experienced massive transformation in the areas of education, roads, health, water and good governance, President Mahama confidently said that he would emerge winner in the coming election, stressing that his good works are his live witnesses.
The President promised the Ashantis that he would ensure that the Kumasi-Accra and the Accra-Takoradi highways were developed into dual carriage roads if he was maintained in office. He said the hospital at Brewa would be completed by the end of this year, noting that the facility boasts of amenities such as surgery theaters, laboratories and other key amenities to boost health care.
President Mahama also said a water treatment plant similar to the new one constructed at Asante Mampong last year, would be commissioned at Kumawu by September this year.
The paramount chief of Kumawu, Barimma Tweneboa Kodua, presented a fat cow to President Mahama in appreciation of his numerous developmental projects in the area, urging the president to keep up his good works.
He also pleaded with the President to ensure that the security of Kumawu and its neighborhood is intensified, to help eliminate the Fulani herdsmen crisis once and for all.
Mahama finally advised the Ashantis to be law abiding, and shun all forms of violence that could disturb the peace of the country. Urging them to join hands together to ensure that peace is maintained, the President said that it is unnecessary for anyone to lose his or her life because of elections. These he said, will help to ensure that Ghana retains her enviable reputation as the model of democracy in Africa before, during and after the elections.