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Opinions of Sunday, 22 May 2016

Columnist: Agyemang, Katakyie Kwame Opoku

Don't compromise the future of this country

The issue at stake in Ghana today is not about Nana Akufo-Addo or any other individual in the opposition party. Therefore, irrespective of one's personal issues he may have with Nana Addo, it is better for the said individual to let it go for the sake of Ghana. Using any form of bitterness or personal issues, including tribe as the basis to vote against the NPP in November will not be in the interest of this country. Indeed, Nana Addo as human being has never claimed to be perfect and like any mortal soul, he has his fair share of human weaknesses. It is against this backdrop that Holy Bible clearly states at John 8:7; "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

The issue at stake now is about the future of Ghana, our motherland. Unlike other countries which are war-torn, Ghana has relative peace and fertile land filled with minerals - gold, diamond, manganese and bauxite. And through the exemplary work of the NPP government under His Excellency, JA Kufuor, oil was discovered in commercial quantities in 2007. By 2010, Ghana had joined the oil producing countries in the world with an annual oil revenue of $2bn. Again, to say that the human resource of this country is rich would be a very gross understatement.

Having tasted power for only 8 years (2001 - 2009, the NPP bequeathed to the NDC in 2009, a stable economy with GDP growth rate of 8.4% and this was even without oil. Social intervention policies and programmes were working - NHIS, free maternal care, capitation grant, mass cocoa spraying exercise, metro mass transit, among others. On top of the above, a fully-furnished presidential palace not forgetting a presidential jet were given to a professor and a man who has an experience as an Assembly Member, Deputy Minister, and Minister of State. As a Vice President, he rose to become the Care-taker president courtesy - the mysterious death of Prof. Mills. He claims to be the luckiest ever vice-president and having ruled for 4 years, John Mahama is looking for an opportunity to perpetuate himself in power.

The question is, what else does he need to make the lives of majority of Ghanaians better? Mahama's focus has been to create, loot, and share, and when he is asked whether he has taken a bribe before, he ends up babbling; "You mean as a human being or president"? What sort of "Dead Goat" we have as our leader?

Fellow citizens, the difference between the NPP and NDC is clear. Whilst the NDC lacks the right personnel and programmes and therefore, messing up our rich resources with dead brains, the NPP has abundance of competent personnel and the pragmatic programmes at hand. Our record in just 8 years as against the p/NDC's 27 years is our trump card. On top of our record is the kind of person we have as our party leader. Nana Addo has proven to be incorruptible, courageous, and visionary. He is ever ready to assemble a competent team to manage our resources for the benefit so all.

I am therefore by this post appealing to all Ghanaians to put the nation first and their stomachs second. Ghanaians don't deserve to be poor. Thus, to the unemployed graduate; teachers whose arrears have not been paid; the poor farmer; drivers; and those who use electricity at their work places, there is a choice before us in November this year. We have every opportunity to right the wrong this time in order to safeguard the progress of this nation. The current generation deserves better likewise the next generation. We can all make this possible by throwing the past behind us, campaign vigorously for the NPP, vote for Nana Addo and NPP Parliamentary Candidates, protect the ballot, and ensure the counting of the ballots are in our favour.

And with the Battle Still Being the Lord's, our toil will never be in vain.

Let's arise for change!

God bless Ghana! God bless Nana Addo!! God bless Kufuor!!!

Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang,
Asante-Bekwai Asakyiri
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