General News of Monday, 12 November 2012
President Mahama has expressed confidence that the Church and civil society organizations will play a pivotal role in taking Ghana through peaceful elections in December.
The president who is currently touring the Upper East region made the comment when he visited the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese for Navrongo and Bolgatanga Alfred Agyenta.
He said “we are going into elections and I am certain that those elections are going to be peaceful. We’ve done it five times, I don’t see the reason why we can’t do it the fifth time successfully and peacefully.”
He however said even though he is sure of a peaceful election, there is a need to be vigilant in terms of the electoral process and those who police it as well as in the spiritual realm.
He said already there are signs that people are coming together despite the many differences, saying “I am happy about the relative peace that exists…”
Meanwhile, President Mahama says his government will irrigate about a hundred thousand acres of farm lands in the Upper East region if re-elected into office after the December polls.
The President told a crowd of supporters last night that the irrigation project is aimed at ensuring farmers in the area produce more for the region and the country.
The President said although the area had the potential of becoming the food basket of the entire northern sector, enough had not been done to offer them the opportunity to harness that potential and promised to provide the necessary support to farmers to increase production for consumption and export.