General News of Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Source: Office of Akufo-Addo
“We are not making these criticisms against the President, his government and the NDC because we hate the NDC or we hate Mahama. We are making them because we love Ghana more. We are concerned about today and the future of our country.”
These were the words of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday, September 22, 2014, when he rounded off his Thank You tour at Sogakope, in the Volta Region, ahead of the October 18 presidential primary contest of the New Patriotic Party.
Addressing the delegates who voted in the August 31, 2014 Special Electoral College, which delivered an overwhelming 80.81% margin of victory for him, Nana Akufo-Addo told the delegates that nearly sixty years after independence, “our country should be much further down the road than where it is today.”
Under the John Mahama-led NDC government, Nana Addo explained that Ghana is witnessing a “meltdown and a breakdown of our social security system in our country, directly the result of mismanagement and widespread corruption.”
“All of us of today have seen the direct link between corruption and mismanagement and the difficult conditions that we are having in our country today. If you don’t have any cash, because you have mismanaged the economy, you cannot fulfil your statutory payments. So today the District Assemblies Common Fund is in arrears by three-quarters. District Assemblies Common Fund are in arrears, do you know what it means? There is no money to collect garbage and sanitation is going down. Are you then surprised by the outbreak of cholera?” He asked.
He continued, “There is shortage of cash so you cannot meet your obligations to the GETFund, District Assemblies Common Fund and School Feeding. You cannot pay nurses and teachers their allowances. Even chalk in our public schools has become an issue.”
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that “our nation is desperate for change”, assuring Ghanaians that an NPP government, under his leadership, will restore confidence into the Ghanaian economy and ensure a decent standard of living for all Ghanaians.
“We will establish a competent government drawing from talents from all sides of the NPP and all regions of the country. We will put together a formidable team. We did it in (President) Kufuor’s time, we are going to do it again,” he emphasized, much to the approval and delight of the delegates gathered who gave him a rapturous applause.