The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appealed to residents of Obom-Domeabra Constituency in the Greater Accra Region to change their voting pattern and vote for the NPP in this year’s general election.
Nana Akufo-Addo, citing deplorable road network, lack of potable drinking water and other developmental projects in the constituency, noted that the constituency’s association with the NDC since 1992 has yielded little reward.
Nana Akufo-Addo made the appeal when he addressed a rally in the constituency on Wednesday, as part of his four-day campaign tour of the region.
He appealed to the electorate to add their voices to the ‘chorus for change’ being sang across the country, so that Ghana can return onto the path of progress and prosperity.
“I am here to appeal to you. I know Obom-Domeabra, over the years has not been voting for the NPP. We have never won Obom/Domeabra. We need change this year.
I am appealing to you to come and ride on the back of the elephant and help push the NPP into the Jubilee House,” the NPP flagbearer said.
The NPP flagbearer, who spoke in Ga, indicated that “Ghana is not a poor country. We are a rich nation. We have been blessed by God, and have a country that is endowed with mineral resources. Yet, our people are hungry. This is because we do not have a good government”.
Touting the development credentials of the NPP during its tenure of office, from 2001 to 2009, the NPP flagbearer noted that “everyone in Ghana has come to the acceptance that, with little resources, President Kufuor was able to implement the National Health Insurance Scheme, School Feeding Programme, Metro Mass Transit, Capitation Grant, amongst others”.
This, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, “was possible because of prudent economic management by the Kufuor administration. There is nothing concrete and socially advantageous in Ghana today which is not the work of the NPP”.
With particular reference to the development undertaken by the NPP in the Obom-Domeabra Constituency, the NPP flagbearer noted that “connecting Obom-Domeabra to the electricity grid was undertaken by the Kufuor administration, when Prof. Mike Oquaye, who is here with me today, was the Minister for Energy”.
“We laid the pipe connections for potable water to as far as Denkyira that was to have been extended to Obom/Domeabra.
However, we lost power in 2008, and for eight years the Mahama-led government has abandoned the project. When I win, God-willing, I will complete this project so you can get access to potable drinking water,” he added.
He promised the construction of a senior high school in the constituency, saying, “my free SHS policy will be effectively implemented so every child in Ghana and in Obom/Domeabra can get access to quality education”.
Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his commitment towards the establishment of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which would ensure that every constituency in the country received the equivalent of $1million each year during the tenure of his administration.
“Issues of sanitation, access to potable water, construction of educational facilities, amongst others, will no longer be a source of worry to you in Obom/Domeabra.
You will directly receive the equivalent of $1 million per year to tackle issues of prime concern to you,” he stressed.
With the creation of jobs being his number one priority, the NPP flagbearer assured the chiefs and people of Obom/Domeabra that his ‘One-District: One-Factory’ would help create the thousands of jobs required by the masses of unemployed Ghanaian youths in the country.
“There is no reason why we cannot establish a pineapple processing factory here in Obom-Domeabra to help create jobs for the youth in the constituency. When you vote for me in this year’s election, such a factory will be established here in Obom/Domeabra,” he assured.
Nana Akufo-Addo urged the residents to vote massively for the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Baba Mohammed.