NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo continues to persuade Ghanaians to see reasons why they should hand over power to him come the November election. This time, he comes with a ‘one factory per district’ policy…
The 2016 presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has continued to appeal to Ghanaians to give him a chance to rule the country. He backs up his appeal with promises that are so attractive that most Ghanaians may start to wonder the possibility of achieving them.
However, Nana Addo appears not to be making empty promises just to win the vote of the people. This time around, among numerous promises of what he’ll do if he eventually wins, he has promised Ghanaians a ‘one factory per district’ policy. Ghana is made up of 216 districts; quite enormous, you’ll say? But, assuring the people that he meant what he is saying and is also capable of achieving it, Nana Addo warned them to discard the usual “they can’t do it” and “it is not possible” beliefs.
Akufo-Addo made this declaration at the Central region on Saturday, which is the third day of his 5-day tour of the region. According to him, the ‘one factory per district’ policy is part of his plans to industrialize and transform the Ghanaian economy. He explained that, setting up these factories across the country will, not only ensure the rapid industrialization of Ghana’s economy, but also, create thousands of jobs that will engage the massive unemployed Ghanaian youth.
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However, Nana Akufo-Addo explained that for his government to be able to achieve anything tangible towards fixing the economy, Ghana’s broken monetary and fiscal systems must first be fixed. He noted that the rising cost of living, skyrocketing inflation rate, exorbitant bank lending/interest rates, hikes in petroleum and utility prices, among others bear glaring witness to the fact that the economy is in a mess.
“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.
While assuring Ghanaians of the possibility of all these under the NPP administration, he pointed out that the current administration after making a nonsense of NPP’s manifesto ideas in 2008 and 2012, turned around to buy them. However, according to him, they failed woefully in their attempts to implement the said policies.
“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.
Akufo-Addo assured the people of the Central Region that his government is out to serve every Ghanaian citizen without any form of tribal or regional discrimination. He stressed that under President Kufuor’s administration, no part of the country was left out, and his own government will not discriminate either.
Making reference to the discrimination in the mass cocoa spraying exercise and the partisan nature of the distribution of cocoa seedlings under the Mahama government, the NPP flagbearer said he is not surprised that Ghana could barely produce 700,000 metric tonnes of cocoa, whereas Cote d’Ivoire bagged 1.5 million metric tonnes in the 2014/2015 crop season.
According to Akufo-Addo, “Ghana, a country once described as the Gold Coast, is now poverty-ridden“. He said it is nothing but bad governance that makes Ghana poor. He therefore promised to put in place policies that would create jobs, and bring relief to farmers, traders and business owners, if voted into power.
Continuing, Nana Addo said he is not practicing a politics of deception, rather, he is there to put the wisdom God has given him to use.
“I am into politics to use the knowledge God has given me to help transform the fortunes of our country. I want you to give me a try this year. Trust me, and I assure you that I will not disappoint you”.
He therefore appealed to the residents of the Central Region to come out and support him massively in this year’s elections. He urged them not to lose faith in the ability of Ghana to provide the needs of its citizens, saying that “good times can come to Ghana, and good times will come to Ghana”.
In addition to the ‘one factory per district’ policy, he further assured that his government will ensure reduction in electricity and utility tariffs, restore the teacher training and nursing allowances, and also implement the Free SHS policy to take care of both boarding and day students.