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Feature Article of Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Columnist: Francis Ameyibor

Election 2012 campaign: Is NPP attracting the votes?

Who is attracting the votes? The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) seeks to use it’s avow pledged to extend free education to the Senior High School level, build public Universities in regions without one and raise the quality of education at all levels with more and better facilities, teaching and equipment, as their main bid for victory 2012.

The party’s Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo described this year’s election as historic moment for Ghana.

“Ghanaians have a simple choice to make in either moving forward with the NPP or staying with the failed policies and personalities of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration which according to the NPP have brought hardships and poverty.

“We, in the NPP have been in the forefront of Ghana’s development and transformation agenda. Our record of achievement during our time in government points to the fact that we know how to bring prosperity to Ghana and also make our motto of development in freedom a reality for all.

“Our education policy is the key to both individual and national development, and will be a priority of my Presidency.

“I pledge to work in partnership with the private sector, we will make new markets for Ghanaian products and services. We will give new impetus to value-addition.

“These will deliver the jobs that the teeming youth of the country are yearning for. Our education system will equip our people for the jobs of the future,” the NPP stated in its Election 2012 manifesto available to the Ghana News Agency.

According the NPP Presidential Candidate his administration will revive and restore confidence in the National Health Insurance Scheme and achieve universal coverage of the NHIS for all Ghanaians.

“We shall expand health facilities and increase the training of health workers. Our priority is to train our medical professionals locally.

“We will modernise agriculture and ensure that we double the numbers of farmers who have access to farming inputs, improved seedlings and fertilizer within my term of offices.

“I will be active transformational President, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness at every level of government so that every Ghanaian has a say in and benefit from our national development. The fight against corruption will be wage with vigour and determination,” Nana Akufo Addo stated.

The NPP Presidential Candidates says: “I believe in Ghana’s destiny and potential. Today, we can again lead our continent as we did over 50 years ago, showing the world a successful first-world black nation.

He noted that Ghanaians have a responsibility to ourselves and to future generations to ensure we do not continue to compromise our future.

“I believe in Ghana and in our ability to continue moving forward to a brighter future in which we will all share. Let us work together for victory on 7 December so that together we can realise our dream of a modern Ghana.

“God did not put us on this rich land to be poor. It is bad leadership that makes us poor. So let’s change now and move Ghana”.

According to the NPP, its message to Ghanaian electorates is simple: change is due. We will not achieve our aspirations and our hopes by doing things the same way.

The NPP noted that after 55 years of independence, with all “our God given resources, the Ghanaian is still confronted with widespread poverty and wallowing in an unacceptably low quality of life.

“We are offering a transformation programme that will put our dear country on the path of peace, opportunity, and prosperity for generations to come. By transforming the economy, promoting good governance, respect for the rule of law and proudly serving you, the people of Ghana, lives.

“We need to transform our dear country to move Ghana forward. We need to transform Ghana into a good society that gives to the Ghanaian, a good life.

The NPP lamented that many of our people go about their lives every day with just too many challenges to enable them live a comfortable life.

Our infrastructure is weak and incapable of supporting the proper functioning of the country. Our lives are saddled with unreliable power and energy supply, frequent water shortages and networks nationwide.

Access to quality education and quality healthcare is limited to only those who can afford it.

Ghana has been declared as the 2nd lowest globally in sanitation access.

We have one of the lowest savings rates and the highest bank interest rates one of the lowest in productivity.

Our societies and social structures are breaking down, threatening security, safety and peace of our country. The structure of our economy, despite 55 years of independence, is fundamentally still the same, limiting development. Fifty years after independence, we are still a third world country despite having achieved middle-income status.

We work too hard for too little because we haven’t changed the way we do things since we achieved nationhood. The world is rapidly changing and we are being left behind.

It is clear that development does not happen by accident. Development occurs through well-conceived and executed plans and policies that focus on the ever changing and increasing needs of people. It is about a dynamic response to the needs of the people, and about communities, cities and countries that work.

The way things are going on in our country, development has become a wish, instead of a clear vision. We cannot make that clear vision realisable unless we change the way we do things. It is that change that we so desperately need to move our country forward and bring hope and opportunity to people.

Our transformation agenda simply means changing our systems, processes and outcomes to that of a modern country where things work for all. It comprises transforming our economy from its pre-dependence to a modern 21st century economy, one driven by knowledge, value addition and industrialisation that will create jobs.

We will also transform our infrastructure so that it works for our people and supports rapid economic growth and improves the quality of life in our communities.

We will modernise our agriculture to increase productivity to feed our people and our factories. We will transform our education such that it produces a capable, expanded economy.

We will transform our healthcare to ensure a healthy population and an increased life expectancy. We will transform governance such that it facilities the right attitudes and relationship between government, the administration and you the people.

We promoted good governance and democracy by strengthening our institutions of governance. Today, many of these gains have been rolled back and the country has been set back.

We aim to reverse the retrogression and put the country back on track; set it on a new course for a transformed and prosperous Ghana. This requires an overhaul of the way we do things through a radical transformation and replacement of many of existing policies with innovative and solutions-oriented ones.

We have in the NPP the team of talented men and women who can provide the leadership to implement this programme of transformation Ghana can and must change.

We have this as our clear vision and will make it happen by providing the leadership, right policies and effective management and the inspiration. We invite every Ghanaian to join us make this happen by voting for Nana Akufo Addo.

The NPP’s objective is to transform Ghana into a modern nation with an attractive quality of life and an economy that is business and development focused.

According to the party change requires strong vision and strong leadership.

Our vision is a free and fair Ghana that offers opportunities for our people, a vision every Ghanaian relates to.

This vision is based on providing an environment within which Ghanaians

can achieve their aspirations. The NPP has a proud history of providing value and comfort to the Ghanaian people.

Legislation and policies introduced under the Ex President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration include providing free Compulsory Basic Education, the National Health Insurance Scheme, the Metro Mass Transport, Micro and Small Loans Centre and the Livelihood Empowerment and Advancement Programme (LEAP).

These are the NPP’s goodies for election 2012 to attract your vote.

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