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Breaking-- ANN Endorses a Presidential Candidate

Author:
Kwaku Azar
Date:
2008-11-27 07:51:07


A baker's dozen years ago, ANN was incorporated and headquartered at Somanya. Since then we have strived to fulfill our mission of bringing reliable news to our numerous readers, even against extreme provocation, danger to our lifes, and threats from the obnoxious criminal libel law that sent several of our staff to Nsawam.

We have, as we must, remained, apolitical when, most of our competitors have explicitly or implicitly endorsed or have become the mouthpieces of the leading political parties. Our neutrality has not gone unnoticed and has been rewarded by a growing number of readers worldwide. Today, we are a global news company and stand in pari passu with CNN, BBC, and Al-Jazeera.

In less than a fortnight, the country goes to the polls to elect a new President and the 5th Parliament of the 4th Republic. We do not wish any of the parties ill but we believe we have a responsibility to our readers and the wellness of the Republic to let the readers know where we stand and the reasons thereof.

We do not take this responsibility lightly. Over the past 17 months, we have given all the parties equal acess to our pages and website to allow them to spread their message in an unfiltered fashion. We have listened. We have also read their manifestos. We have been at the debates. We now believe we have enough information to endorse a candidate.

But prior to our endorsement, it is important for us to identify the challenges that await the next President and legislature. First, we are on the verge of producing oil in commercial quanties by 2010. We have had occassion to remind our readers and the nation of the oil curse --- the paradox of oil rich producing countries plunging into economic chaos, environmental degradation, and political dictatorship.

Second, we are threatened by armed robbers, whose bravado is matched only by the unpreparedness of the security apparatus. Third, unemployment remains at an unacceptably high level, which fuels the armed robbery problem aforementioned. Finally, government remains bloated, inefficient, unresponsive, and unaccountable.

As explained by Kwesi Prempeh, the learned Professor and legal luminary and a frequent guest on our station, "our government has become notorious for finding private solutions to public problems." In consequence, they go to South Africa when they are ill, their children attend secondary schools in Switzerland, they ride in air conditioned SUVs to address the road problem, and have turned to private security services to address armed robbery.

Now, more than ever, we need a strong, bold, visionary leader who is a problem solver rather than a problem maker. On oil management, he has promised to set up transparent structures to ensure efficient use of the oil resources as well as a first class Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manned by well paid experts. On armed robbery and crimes, he has promised to increase the police force by 25,000 and resource them with modern equipment as well enhance intelligence training. On unemployment, he has laid down a forward looking agricultural, industrial cum service agenda that promise to produce 3 million jobs in the next 3 years. Finally, he has promised to trim the fat from government by appointing no more than 20 ministers and eliminating the cadre of special assistants to ministers.

We are confident that he is the best leader for Ghana at this time and we accordingly endorse Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President of Ghana.

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Da Yie!

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