Politics of Monday, 3 March 2014
The Youth Wing of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has stated that the flag bearer of the Party, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, would face a major challenge in fixing the Ghanaian economy should he win the 2016 election.
Mr. Devine Nkrumah, National Youth Coordinator of the Party made the observation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga after some members of the Youth Wing of the Party toured the ten regions to assess the living conditions of Ghanaians.
He indicated that information gathered from the tour revealed that majority of Ghanaians were suffering as many narrated the economic distress and ordeals they were going through.
According to him, information gathered from the tour explained that because of current economic crisis in the country, majority of Ghanaians could not cater for themselves, let alone talk of fending for their families.
He blamed the economic situation on mismanagement, corruption and nepotism, and said if Ghanaians would take into consideration the current sufferings they were going through and vote the PPP into power, their problems would be solved.
The National Youth Coordinator stated that even though Dr. Nduom would face enormous challenges in tackling the problems bedeviling the country, with his expertise and his technical know-how, coupled with the massive support of the youth and Ghanaians in general, he would be able to surmount the problems by putting the economy on its sound footing.
He expressed regret that government had granted a number of tax waivers to multinational companies, and stated that if such companies were made to pay taxes, it could help to develop a lot of social infrastructure and help improve upon the living conditions of Ghanaians.
He said when the PPP annex power in the next election, one of its topmost priorities would be to create more jobs by expanding sectors such as education, health, agriculture and roads, to absorb more unemployed Ghanaians.
The PPP Youth Coordinator said even though Dr. Nduom was not in government, he had created over 6,000 jobs in Ghana of which majority were youth, and indicated it was a clear testimony that more jobs would be created under his leadership.
Mr Nkrumah said if the party wins power in 2016, Ghanaians would be encouraged to grow what they eat, instead of the huge importation of foreign goods, stressing; “Ghana has considerable landmarks that have the greater potentials not only for the development of the agriculture sector but the entire sectors of the economy".
The National Youth Coordinator said the party also had good intentions of revamping many defunct factories in the country, including the meat factory at Zuarungu and getting the Pwalugu Tomato factory to function effectively to create more jobs.
The Party, he noted, plans to help bridge the gap between the urban and rural centres, to help de-congest the urban centres and cities in the country.