The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that the commitments he made during the electioneering period were not mere campaign platform talks, but are commitments that will be fulfilled during his tenure of office.
According to the President, the fulfillment of the commitments would lead to the creation of jobs and wealth for the people, as well as returning the country onto the path of progress and prosperity for everyone in the country.
“Our government was voted by the people of Ghana to solve their problems and that is what we have begun to do, we are fulfilling those commitments, it is our intention to fulfill them,” he emphasised.
The President was speaking to the media in Kumasi as part of a three-day working tour of the Kumasi metropolis, and also to thank Asanteman for the massive support during the 2016 general elections.
He had earlier been to the Manhyia Palace to pay homage to the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene,who also met with members of the transport unions, GPRTU, PROTOA, market groups as he and the entourage toured the central market.
He was worried that the composition of the government was still not complete, the processes to bring deputy ministers into office were ongoing with the hope that by the end of the week parliament would work things out.
However, stressing that the first budget took place on March 31, when the appropriation act was passed with his assent given to it, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated the budget has made provision for the initiation of the Free Senior High School (SHS).
The President declared: “Those who said that I have no intention of carrying it out or that it could not be carried out should have the humility to admit that they were wrong and that we are determined to do so.”
He said the sacred bond between the people of Ghana and the New Patriotic Party`s administration was their manifesto whose prime concern was putting the economy in the place whereby “it can generate jobs, especially for our young people”.
The President gave assurance of reviving and making sure the original purpose of the national health insurance scheme of guaranteeing access to health care, minimum quality health delivery for every individual in Ghana, was met.
Touching on agriculture, the President did not understand why Ghana should be importing tomatoes and plantains from neighboring countries and not able to grow them here to feed the nation.
“It does not just make sense that a country like ours, today, our agriculture is in the state as it is,” he lamented and said “for some of us, this is unacceptable and, therefore, programmes were being put in to revive the vibrancy of the agricultural system and make it possible for us to do things for ourselves.”
From Kingsley E Hope, Kumasi