Akufo-Addo: Upper East will be agric hub

agriThe  presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says a NPP administration will focus on making the Upper East Region a major agricultural hub.

According to him, with several hectares of arable land available in the region, the provision of irrigation facilities, through the ‘1-Village-1-Dam’ policy, will transform the fortunes of the region and its people, and make it a potential bread basket for the country.

This, he explained, will make the Upper East an area of wealth creation, as thousands of jobs would be generated for the teeming masses of unemployed youth resident in the region.

Addressing a mammoth rally at the regional capital, Bolgatanga, on Monday, the NPP flagbearer stated that the party has “a big plan for the development of our country.

He assured that “we are going to create the conditions for year-round farming”, stressing that “if Burkina Faso can do it, so can we also do it in the Upper East Region and create prosperity and jobs for our people.”

Nana Akufo-Addo noted that “the time has come for the region and the NPP to become one”, and “forge a bond of co-operation and of friendship that is going to lead to the development of the region and the country.”

In this regard, the NPP flagbearer assured that the Accra to Paga railway line, which has been on the shelves for several decades, would become a reality during his time as President.

The railway line, he said, would facilitate the haulage of goods between the south and north, as well as the haulage of iron ore and other mineral reserves in the north.

“The development of our nation that will take place will be unprecedented and will not be captured in books, but will be captured in the reality on the ground.

We, in Ghana, are living in a country of tremendous resources and wealth. We are sitting on wealth and yet we are hungry. It is because of poor governance that we are hungry. I am coming to change all of that so that the wealth of our country will benefit each and every one of us,” he assured.

Outlining other policies for the development of the region, Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his commitment towards the establishment of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which would see every constituency receiving the equivalent of one million dollars yearly to deal with problems of sanitation, roads, electricity and other infrastructural needs of each constituency.

The National Health Insurance Scheme, which he said has been compromised under the leadership of President John Mahama, “will receive new strength, so we can provide healthcare that is affordable and accessible for all Ghanaians”.

Nana Akufo-Addo also reassured trainee nurses of the full restoration of their allowances if he wins the elections.

The Free Senior High School policy, he added, would be effectively implemented because “we are determined to secure the future of our country”.

This policy, he added would reduce the financial burden of parents who want to provide their children with a good education.

He, thus, appealed for the unalloyed and unflinching support of the people of the region to bring into fruition the policies and programmes he had outlined.

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