The opposition National Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that his government would restore the Ashanti region factories abandoned over the past 8 years by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Akufo-Addo, who is currently on a 5-day tour of the Ashanti region said this during a courtesy visit to Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei tutu at the Manhyia Palace.
The presidential candidate blamed the incompetence of the Mahama-ruled NDC for the poverty and hardship experienced in the area, despite the availability of rich mineral resources.
He further pointed out the companies and industries that have collapsed in the region as a result of neglect. Among such include the Anglogold Ashanti mines, and breweries. Nana Akufo-Addo said that this is one of the many reasons why Mahama is undeserving of a second term in the nation’s forthcoming presidential elections.
The undeniable truth is that the Ashanti Region is home to a great deal of Ghana’s wealth – our cocoa, gold etc. However, the talk emanating from the region is not a good one. Everywhere I have been to, I am met with phrases such as ‘Nana come and save us’, ‘Nana, we are suffering’,” said the NPP presidential candidate.
The Inland Port at Boankra has been abandoned. The Kumasi Ring Road project has also been abandoned. The 8-lane Sofo-line Interchange, from Abuakwa to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, has also not been completed.
Further criticizing Mahama’s administration, he said;
Every truthful person in Ghana will acknowledge that all is not well with our nation. I am not saying this to score political points. It is the sad truth. Everyone in Ghana is suffering. In such a situation, we have no choice but to find a way to take away the hardship from the Ghanaian people.
Nana Akufo-Addo said that his government will make sure that the abandoned projects be brought back to full function. He said;
If the Chiefs and people of Ashanti hear my cry and give me their support, all the abandoned projects I enumerated will be completed during my stay in office. Of particular focus is how we are coming to create jobs for the people of Ghana. Our young men and women, in every part of the country, are all looking for jobs. Every country that has failed to create jobs for the youth has ended up with several social problems. It is therefore necessary that we find ways and means to create jobs for the people.
We have a lot of well-thought through policies and programmes to help bring jobs, wealth and prosperity to Ghana and to Asanteman, if we are given the opportunity. I, therefore, came here to ask for your blessings, so that, God-willing when we win, these good policies and programmes can be implemented.