General News of Wednesday, 22 June 2016
The presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Dr. Edward Mahama has defended the tall list of promises he has made ahead of the 2016 general elections.
According to the 71-year-old presidential hopeful, every promise he has made is realistic and achievable.
Among some of the promises made by Dr. Mahama includes solving the current power crisis within the first few months of his presidency.
He has also promised that a future PNC government will develop a National Energy Consumption Profile (NECP) and invest in emerging efficient renewable energy options such as solar, waste to energy (W2E) wind and ultra-efficient mini hydro.
He has also stated that a PNC government “shall decouple the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice; provide adequate resources from a dedicated fund for the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), among other anti-corruption agencies, so that they are able to deal swiftly and effectively with cases of corruption”.
Dr Mahama has also promised to tackle unemployment, both from the demand and supply sides, saying: “We shall half youth unemployment within 24 months.”
Speaking with host of Starr Chat Bola Ray on Wednesday, the fifth time presidential hopeful said he will fulfil all his promises when elected as President.
“I have a priority list, and I am keeping it close to my vest…so I think the things I promise are very realistic…the things that I am talking about can be done once the commitment is there and so it can be done, and it would be done.”
Dr. Mahama was born at Sumniboma in the Northern region of Ghana in 1945.
He attended the Nalerigu Primary and Middle School from 1953 to 1959. He then attended Secondary School in Tamale and later graduated with a medical degree from the University of Ghana in 1972.
He is a Christian and owns a medical facility in Accra.