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General News of Monday, 20 November 2000

Source: Daily Graphic

CPP will bring relief to the poor — Hagan

PROFESSOR George Hagan, flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has said the party would introduce a programme to bring relief to the poor and under-privileged when voted into power.

He said the programme, which would be known as the Direction Action for Poverty Alleviation (DAPA), unlike the Programme of Action to Mitigate the Social Cost of Adjustment (PAMSCAD), would focus on the rural poor and real “mmobrowa” in the society.

Addressing a rally at Abosso at the weekend, Prof. Hagan said the former PAMSCAD programme was targeted at the rich and well-to-do Ghanaians at the expense of the teeming rural poor.

He explained that the DAPA would encourage and provide funds for individuals who want to embark on agriculture and other viable ventures that would promote self-sufficiency.

He said a CPP government would establish a bank to serve the interests of women, who he said are hard working and only need modest financial support to sustain their families.

He disclosed that the CPP would ensure that development projects are evenly distributed throughout the country without discrimination.

Dr Kwesi Nduom, CPP Parliamentary candidate for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Constituency, said under Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s regime, the CPP was able to set up 400 companies within nine years.

He said these companies provided job opportunities for Ghanaians. He, therefore, expressed regret that almost all those companies have either been divested, sold or simply left to rust by the NDC government.

Mr Mubashir Tamimu Dari, CPP Parliamentary candidate for Prestea-Huni-Valley, said when he is voted into power, he would ensure that the youth in the area acquire skills that would enable them to be gainfully employed by the mining companies.

He said he would also promote vocational training to encourage the youth to enter into small-scale businesses.