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Regional News of Saturday, 21 February 2009

Source: GNA

Ghanaians urged to tackle national issues dispassionately

Accra, Feb 21, GNA - Ghanaians have been urged to discuss national issues dispassionately devoid of partisan considerations for an accelerated socio-economic development. This was stated by the Chairman of the Odododiodioo constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Daniel Nii Okai, when he spoke to newsmen in Accra at the weekend. He noted that with the elections over and a new government in office Ghanaians, irrespective of the political affiliation, should bury their differences and unite solidly behind President John Atta Mills for an improvement in the living conditions. Mr. Okai stated that Ghanaians were one people with a common destiny and said "an improved economy knows no politics since all of us would benefit whether NPP or NDC".

He appealed to members of the NDC to galvanize more support for the government to implement the programmes and plans as contained in the Party's manifesto to make Ghana a better place for the people and the future generation. "The manifesto of the NDC is all embracing and its successful implementation would move the country forward and lead to prosperity for all since the party would invest in people and jobs for a better Ghana", he said. The Constituency Chairman appealed to them to exercise restraint and wait for President Atta Mills to complete the transition now that he has appointed his Cabinet and would go on with the other structures of government "for the real work of government to go on". Mr. Okai spoke of plans to equip those without work with skills to enable them to be employable and to create jobs for themselves and others instead of looking for non-existing white collar jobs. He congratulated Nii Armah Ashietey on his confirmation as the Greater Accra Regional Minister and expressed the hope that with his experience as a former Trade Unionist and Chief Executive for the Tema Municipality, as well as a Lawyer, he would be successful in administering the region.

Mr. Okai noted that communities in the region especially the Central Business District of Accra were confronted with a host of problems including sanitation and congestion and prayed that with the support of the people the Regional Minister, who is also the MP for Korley Klottey, would be up to the task to attract more tourists and investors to the region. 21 Feb. 09