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General News of Friday, 26 August 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

MMDAs urged to highlight achievements of government

Regional Ministers have been tasked to highlight government’s achievements by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as the country approaches the 2016 general election.

Deputy Minister of Communication, Ato Sarpong, said this is the surest way to push the electorate to make informed choices and vote to retain the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in the December 7 polls.

Addressing the Government for the People forum in Sunyani, the Deputy Communication Minister said the current administration has chalked significant and unprecedented successes and needed additional four years to consolidate the gains it had made.

Mr Sarpong said President John Dramani Mahama has invested hugely in several sectors including education, road, health, agriculture and other relevant sectors of the economy, adding that 13,000 new housing facilities are in the process of completion.

He said though the energy sector challenges seemed insurmountable, the government had worked out modalities to add 5,000 megawatts of power to the national grid.

Mr Sarpong said the economy has seen a sharp turnaround, an indication that the living conditions of majority of Ghanaians would be improved by the end of 2016.

He said until the MMDAs took the responsibility to propagate the government’s achievements, its detractors would continue to throw dust into the eyes of the electorate to make the government unpopular.

Mr Sarpong said multi-party democracy required transparency and grassroots participation in decision-making, hence the need for the forum to create the opportunity the government to account to the people.

Mr Eric Opoku, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, said people in the region and Ghanaians in general would be ungrateful if they failed to retain the ruling NDC government in power.

He said the region had benefited immensely from the national cake and urged the electorate not to disappoint the NDC in the general election.

Nana Owusu Sakyi III, the Paramount Chief of Bassa Traditional Area, lauded the government for the level of development in the region and asked the electorate to vote on merit in the Election 2016.