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General News of Friday, 3 May 2002

Source: gna

Vote wisely to unseat NPP for real change - Dan Lartey

Mr Dan Lartey, Leader of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) on Thursday urged the government to draw up proper economic plans and execute good governance to improve the life of Ghanaians.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, he said; "the people were thirsty for development, proper economic planning and execution of good governance to maintain law, order and justice in the country for the betterment of their life and hence voted to kick NDC out".

He criticised the government for bowing to the dictates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank and declaring the country a Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) adding; "the other parties including the People's National Convention (PNC) are duplicates of the NDC that could not steer the affairs of the country.

He said the crucial economic problems facing the country of late would only be eliminated if the current government were voted out of power saying; "the people of this country have already decided against NPP and there is no need for me to convince them". Mr Lartey said the GCPP was the only party in the country that had the vision of steering the nation to a first class country with its concept of "Domestication".

He criticised President John Agyekum Kufuor for his frequent travels, which he said was a waste of the taxpayers money and had brought very little results. GCPP Leader disagreed with the assertion that it was too early for the government to bring about far reaching improvement in the economy and said, "it takes only one day to effect change in governance".

He called on other political parties to stop thinking of the foreign policies and think of pragmatic measures that would develop the country internally to offer jobs to the teaming youth in this country.