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Politics of Monday, 21 January 2019


Mahama to prioritise unity of NDC

Former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to put unity on top of his agenda, when he emerges as flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Addressing NDC delegates at separate meetings in Aburi, Akropong, Okere, Asesewa and Odumase Krobo as part of his flagbearership five-day campaign tour of the Eastern Region, Mr Mahama said the NDC needs unity and hard work to win the 2020 elections.

He said the NDC flagbearership aspirants are not his political opponents and that he is therefore ready to bring them onboard his campaign for victory in the next presidential elections.

The NDC, Mr Mahama said, lost many parliamentary seats in the 2016 elections due to disunity in certain constituencies.

He has therefore appealed to all members of the party to unite and work hard for the party to return to power.

The former president said, when elected, he will work hard to provide jobs as well as reduce the high cost of living in the country.

Already, the former president’s campaign has taken him to every constituency in the Central, Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions.

Also, Mr Mahama has visited all constituencies in the Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Western Regions to seek the mandate of delegates to lead the NDC to victory in the 2020 general elections.

Topical issues

Former President Mahama has been speaking to delegates about his plans to develop the NDC into a modern and vibrant political party, his commitment to improve the implementation of what he calls “the chaotic Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy” and his resolve to eliminate the double track system in secondary education by investing in additional classroom blocks and dormitories as well as the completion of the remainder of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools “started by the NDC administration and abandoned by the current regime.”

He says secondary education is a once in a life time experience for students and he wants to ensure that all SHS students were in school at the same time so that they would have adequate contact hours with their teachers to enable them excel in their final examinations.

Among others, he promises to address the plight of cocoa farmers, including the government’s decision to sell fertilizer marked “not for sale” and abandoned cocoa roads, artisanal mining and the present economic hardship.

The former president has also been promising to work hard to provide jobs and reduce the high cost of living in the country when elected in the 2020 presidential election.