Politics of Thursday, 19 May 2016
Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will begin a four-day tour of the Volta Region from Thursday, May 19.
This follows a similar exercise in the Greater Accra Region which ended at Ashaiman on Wednesday, May 18.
There Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his commitment to ensure that Ghanaians all over get a fair share of the national cake.
“There are all kinds of people in Ghana – Ewes, Ashanti, Gas, Dagartis, Mamprusis, Grunshis, Dagombas, amongst others. We are all one people. I am coming to do a job for every Ghanaian, not for Ashantis, Gas, Ewes, Dagombas or Akyems,” he stressed.
“I am asking you to trust me, and to have confidence in me. I am not coming to cheat anybody. I am coming to put all my energies to work for Ghana and not to steal people’s monies into my pocket.”
He observed that some political parties are playing the tribal cards to score political points.
“I don’t buy this propaganda. We are all one people in Ghana. Some people need to make this propaganda for their politics. We are one people in Ghana and we will stay as one people in Ghana.”
The former Member of Parliament and minister of state promised to give a boost to industry and agriculture when voted for in the 2016 elections.
According to him, Ghana is losing out on agriculture exports as compared to its western neighbours Cote d’Ivoire, which makes $12 billion from the export of five major cash crops against Ghana’s $2 billion from all exports in the sector.
“If we want to better these statistics, we need to focus on diversifying our agriculture to include cash crops like cotton, coffee, cashew, oil palm and maize in our exports. We will ensure marketing boards and a guaranteed price for all these cash crops so we boost agricultural production. The Volta Region will benefit from what I am saying.”