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General News of Sunday, 2 April 2017

Source: GNA

Lawlessness won't be condoned - Akufo-Addo assures Otumfuo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has vowed not to countenance lawlessness and acts of indiscipline, regardless of whoever is involved.

He said everybody would have to get right with the law and accept to resort to due processes to resolve their grievances.

President Akufo-Addo roundly condemned the recent attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator by members of a vigilante group aligned to the governing party – the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He declared that people who acted unlawfully must be ready to take responsibility for their actions – they were not going to be protected.

The President gave the warning when he called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at his Manhyia Palace at the start of his three-day visit to the region to thank the people for voting massively for him and his party.

He used the occasion to apologise on behalf of the leadership of the NPP to the chiefs and people for the pain and the inconvenience the said attack might have caused “Asanteman”.

He was accompanied by some Ministers of State including, Mr. Allan Kyeremateng, the Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Food and Agriculture Minister, Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah, National Security Minister, Mr. Isaac Asiamah, Sports Minister, Mr. Ofori Asiamah, Transport Minister, and Madam Cecelia Abena Dapaah, Aviation Minister.

Also with him were Members of Parliament (MPs) from the region and national officers of the NPP.

President Akufo-Addo spoke of the determination of the government to work hard, with much energy and great zeal, to turn things around to make life better for all.

It would keep faith with the people, it would be accountable and would do everything to fulfil the party’s election promises.

“We will not disappoint Ghanaians. We are not going to betray the trust of our people”, he added.

He made reference to the free senior high school policy, reduction in taxes, strengthening the agricultural and health sectors alongside other social intervention programmes and said the expectations of the people would be met.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu urged the President to make job creation and fighting poverty an urgent national priority.

He urged him to refuse to be distracted and to go the extra mile to hold the nation together.

The Asantehene counselled the Ministers to ensure that the government’s policies were efficiently implemented to lift the people from poverty and transform their living conditions.