General News of Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday asked Ghanaians to vote for a visionary President that could transform the nation, and seek the wellbeing of the people.
He said it was only the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that had the required human resources to offer best leadership for the country, to propel it to an accelerated growth and transformation.
Former President Kufuor, who was speaking at the campaign launch of Mr. Alfred Thompson, NPP parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast South on Tuesday, called on Ghanaians to vote massively for the party to save the country from doldrums.
He said Ghana has resources that could be harnessed to propel its accelerated growth and lamented that: “It is unfortunate that in the mist of all these resources including cocoa, gold, timber, bauxite and the recent oil find, and with cocoa securing better prices on the world market, the country is going through tough times with the prices of goods escalating”.
Former President Kufuor said that it would take quality and a visionary leadership to save the country, and added that issue about whether a leader should be young or old was needless, but what was important was for a leader to have a team of think-tanks that would be able to deliver quality leadership to bring about the needed transformation of the nation.
He reminded Ghanaians that it was under NPP’s leadership that several social and economic interventions including the National health Insurance Scheme, Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education, the National Youth Employment were implemented to give quality life to Ghanaians.
On the free Senior High School (SHS) education being expounded by the NPP presidential candidate for Election 2012, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Former President Kufuor said it was not an empty promise because all the interventions put in place during his the last NPP administration materialized without oil money.
He said teachers would be motivated and given better remunerations for them to give of their best under a free SHS policy, and asked Ghanaians to give Akufo-Addo the opportunity to give them the best.
Other NPP stalwarts, including Mr. Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, parliamentary candidate for Mfantsiman East, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, parliamentary candidate for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, parliamentary candidate for Assin North, who addressed the gathering, said the free SHS policy was feasible, and asked the electorate to vote the NPP to power in December.
Mr. Agyapong appealed to electorate to vote the National Democratic Congress (NDC) out of power because it had failed the people of the region and the NDC had no legacy for the people to see. He stressed that the stadium and main market projects, among others, initiated by the NDC were not implemented, the people should vote the NDC out for failing them.