General News of Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Election 2012, on Monday said that the previous NPP administration of former President John Agyekum Kufuor was the best Government Ghana ever had.
He said the previous NPP Government created jobs for the youth of the country through schemes such as the National Youth Employment Programme and also implemented programmes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme and Free Health Care for pregnant women.
Nana Addo was addressing supporters of the NPP at the campaign launch of Lawyer Sara Adjoa Safo, the party’s Parliamentary Aspirant for Dome/Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region.
He said the NPP was the only party which could improve the standards of living of Ghanaians and called on the people to vote massively for the party on December 7 to save Ghana from the payment of judgment debts instead of paying better salary to teachers.
Nana Addo said his policy for free education up to the secondary level and the improvement of the condition of teachers was achievable.
He said “former president Kufuor’s government was building a six-classroom block at 70,000 Ghana Cedis, but now it is 250,000 Ghana Cedis and a bag of cement is being bought for 25 Ghana Cedis. Where are we going?”
Former President Kufuor said jobs which were created under his Government had all collapsed under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government led by President John Evans Atta Mills and asked the youth to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo for jobs and development.
He said the first year of his government was difficult, but hard decisions were taken by his Cabinet to manage the ‘broke economy’ which was left behind by the NDC.
Former President Kufuor said his administration which placed the country to where it was now would not have spent more than 420 million dollars on the payment of judgment debts.
Professor Mike Oquaye, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome/Kwabenya, asked the constituents to remember the good work he has done and expressed hope that they would give Lawyer Safo the node to continue from where he would leave.
He said the NPP was a big political party that aimed at improving the lives of Ghanaians and also to develop the human resource and capacity of the country to meet international standards.
Prof. Oquaye also donated 4,000 Ghana Cedis to support the campaign of Lawyer Safo and called on the electorate to vote for her and the NPP to move Ghana forward.
Lawyer Safo said, the constituency has experienced a lot of infrastructural development under Prof. Oquaye and appealed to the electorate to vote for her to continue the good work of the MP.
She said that the NPP policy on free education up to the secondary level was the first ever in Ghana’s history.
Lawyer Safo said “the constituency is the World Bank of the NPP in the Greater Accra Region.”**