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General News of Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Source: GNA

I would support local industries, says Dr. Nduom

Accra, May 14, GNA - Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, presidential candidate of the Convention People's Party (CPP), on Tuesday said a CPP government would support local industries to create jobs instead of importing goods.

"A CPP government would support the local industries to manufacture cars, televisions, radio sets, tires, and also support local entrepreneurs, farmers and fishermen to grow their businesses."

Dr. Nduom, who was speaking at a Town Hall meeting with residents of the Ablekuma South Constituency in Accra, said a CPP government would put money into the pockets of people by creating more jobs. "If CPP gets into office every Ghanaian would earn a minimum of 5,000 dollars after five years. Ghana's 500 dollars was higher than that of South Korea at the time of independence but today South Korea is earning over 10,000 dollars. It is because we rely on imported goods at the expense of locally manufactured ones," he said.

Dr. Nduom said it was under a CPP government that locally manufactured goods like Corned beef, tires, bottles, shoes and a jute factory came into the country.

"CPP has created more jobs than any other political party in this country and has helped the country to become self sufficient in food production. CPP would make sure that rice farmers in Ghana would become productive. If rice produced in Ghana is patronized jobs would be created," he said.

Dr. Nduom said it was rather unfortunate that many fishermen cannot get access to premix fuel because they have to face a committee and that under his administration premix fuel would be easily accessible to farmers.

He said District and Municipal Chief Executives would be elected into office rather than being appointed by the President. "District and Municipal Chief Executives are elected in other countries but we choose to appoint them. Look at the unsanitary conditions in this country and they cannot do anything because they are in bed with the government" Dr. Nduom said.

He said people are trying to destroy the CPP but the party is strong. "Even if this year's election goes into a run-off, the CPP would stand alone and would not enter into an electoral alliance with any party."

Dr. Nduom said people are now asking for a change after trying both the NPP and the NDC.

Mr. Nadi Nylander, National Chairman of the Party called for unity to ensure victory in the December election

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