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General News of Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Source: citifmonline

NDC's 'abysmal failure' will send them out of office - Akufo-Addo

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has criticized President Mahama for saying that he will win the 2016 election with ease.

President Mahama at a ceremony to file his nomination forms to contest in the NDC’s presidential primaries on Monday predicted “another one-touch victory“ in the 2016 elections.

This according to him follows the impressive performance of the NDC administration in the first term of office.

But addressing nurses at the Holy Family Nursing Training College as part of the party’s ‘rise and build’ tour at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region, Nana Addo was skeptical about the NDC’s optimism, considering what he referred to as the challenging economic situation in the country.

“We are told that this record of abysmal failure, widespread unemployment, constant failure of enterprises, high price levels and low wages will guarantee the president a one-time victory in 2016. I think he is reckoning without the people of Ghana. The people of Ghana will have something to say about that, and I am hoping that you will join the majority to say that no, we need a new direction,” Nana Addo said.

Nana Addo further assured that the NPP when voted into power will ensure that it rids the public sector of all forms of corrupt practices.

The flagbearer also promised the nurses of ready employment upon completion.

Vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia on his part criticized the NDC government for the country’s increasing debt stock, which he said had shot up from GHc9.5 million in 2008 to GHc90 billion, notwithstanding the oil, gold, cocoa and tax revenues accruing to the government.

Dr. Bawumia further indicated that the allowances for trainee teachers and nurses will be re-instituted if the NPP comes into power.

“…We are going to make a major transformation in the country, the very first budget of an NPP administration, we will restore the teacher and nurses trainee allowances, there is a major paradigm shift that is going to hit the country,…we need Nana Akufo Addo at the helm,” he stated.