General News of Thursday, 15 November 2012
Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on Wednesday pledged that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would continue with its people-centred development projects, and asked Ghanaians to retain the party in power on December 7.
“The hospitals have been built and the schools have been constructed. The foundation has been laid for an accelerated development of the country for the next 20 to 30 years, and we are asking you to retain the NDC in power so that we can continue to build on what we have done so far. We have to improve upon the living conditions of Ghanaians and that of our children so that they would have a better live.
“... elections are about the choice of how the country will go forward and we have to invest for the future, rather than ‘chopping’ everything today”, he said.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur was speaking at NDC rally at Vakpo in the Volta Region, after calling on Togbega Gbogbolulu V, Paramount Chief of Vakpo, at the beginning of a two-day tour of the region.
He stressed the determination of the NDC to invest massively in children and the youth for them to have a better future.
The Vice President said this would require the putting into use resources and that “it is not possible to make everything free.”
He said that the NDC would continue to replace schools under trees with classroom blocks and build structures for Senior High Schools, resource teachers for them to give off their best.
The Vice President said this could only take place take place if Ghanaians vote for President John Dramani Mahama, NDC presidential candidate for Election 2012, on December 7.
He said God has made that possible by placing President Mahama on the number one position on the ballot paper.
“The first person on the ballot paper is President Mahama. He is the choice. It is about the choice for development”, Vice President Amissah-Arthur said.
The Vice President introduced Mr George Loh, the NDC parliamentary candidate for North Dayi, for Election 2012.
At the palace of Togbega Gbogbolulu, Vice President Amissah-Arthur praised traditional leaders for their wisdom and maturity and reiterated that the government would continue to partner them to improve the lives of the people.
Togbega Gbogbolulu presented a document that outlined development challenges of the area to the Vice President.
Togbe Sasraku, Chief of Tsrukpe Tota, said the Vice President is a forward looking person.
The chief called on political leaders to be selfless and sacrifice and expressed the hope that the Mahama-Amissah-Arthur government would ensure that the Volta Region got its fair share of national development.
At Anfoega Vice President Amissah-Arthur, who addressed a similar rally at Anfoega in the region, said the NDC would not waste national resources and would invest oil proceeds in development projects to the benefit to the people.
As the Vice President’s entourage moved, the people came out in their numbers and waved enthusiastically.
Mr Henry Ford Kamel, Volta Regional Minister, Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Minister for Tourism, Mr Dan Kwasi Abodakpi, Ghana’s High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpor, the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr Henry Ametepe and Ms Bertha Amenuvor, Deputy Treasurer of the NDC accompanied the Vice President.