General News of Thursday, 15 November 2012
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo says Ghana has an enviable record of incumbents handing over power to opposition parties even in close elections and urged President John Mahama to do same if he loses the December elections.
Chronicling the 2001 and 2009 elections, the NPP flagbearer said “the Ghanaian people expect nothing less than that from our care-taker president if a similar situation was to arrive.”
He said the conduct of the ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo in the Ivorian elections which led to conflict in the West African country must not be entertained in Ghana.
“We don’t want to see a Laurent Gbabgo here in Ghana. For myself I am and remain an agent of peace as I demonstrated in 2008."
The NPP flagbearer was delivering his policy on maintaining peace and security in Ghana to a team of security heads in the Eastern Region.
According to Nana Addo the Melcom disaster exposed the country’s lack of preparedness to manage major disasters in the country.
He blamed the general lack of equipment by the fire service, adding, the situation was so bad the country had to rely on external assistance to ameliorate the Melcom disaster.
Whilst commending the security forces for their tireless efforts in maintaining peace and order in Ghana, he said it is time for the security services to be equipped fully in order for them to carry out their duties as expected.
Nana Addo also promised that his government will embark on a comprehensive campaign to educate market women to put an end to the numerous fire disasters in the country.
“It is heartbreaking to see people’s life time earnings to go up in smoke due to negligence on someone else’s part.
“The Akufo-Addo will support the fire service in its preventive function to educate our market women in particular and the public in general on how to avoid behaviors that lead to such conflagrations,” he stated.
He said the ambitious programme of social and economic transformation the NPP is planning to implement when voted into power can only be possible in an atmosphere of peace and security.
He commended the security services for doing a good job in protecting Ghanaians.