The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the spectre of Ghana being classified as a “High Risk of Debt Distress”country and coming under the International Monetary Fund, should be enough motivation for all Ghanaians to vote out the John Mahama-led administration in next year’s general elections.
He made the comments at Wa yesterday, on the next leg of his “Rise and Build Tour” of the Upper West Region.
Addressing party faithful, regional and constituency executives, as well as all the newly elected parliamentary candidates and their competitors, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that it was incumbent on Ghanaians to rise up in 2016 and help the NPP rebuild a country, which has seen every aspect of her national economy in crisis.
“We are talking about the situation where our country is down. Young people cannot get work to do, farmers do not have the inputs for their work, industries are closing all over the country, and our currency is now a joke. Every aspect of our national economy is in crisis,” Nana Akufo-Addo argued.
Whilst extending greetings to the gathering from his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who is on pilgrimage to Mecca, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that “yesterday, officially, we became Highly Indebted and Poor Country (HIPC) again. The Bank of Ghana published statistics to show that the 70 per cent benchmark of debt-to Gross Domestic Product ratio, which suggests whether you are HIPC or not, has been reached. We will reach 75 per cent by the end of the year. Every aspect of our national economy is in crisis.”
An NPP government, under his leadership, he said, would be “Ghana’s surest bet of, once again, returning the country onto the path of progress and prosperity, a path which President John Agyekum Kufuor put Ghana onto before the NPP exited office in January 2009”.
The “Rise and Build” theme of his nationwide tour, Nana Akufo-Addo said, was therefore apt for the times the country found itself under President John Dramani Mahama.
He recounted the Holy Bible’s account of when the Jews were in captivity, and Jerusalem had fallen into distress, and how the Almighty God raised a prophet to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
“The Almighty God spoke to the prophet, Nehemiah, and entrusted him with the task of rallying the Jews to rise up and build Jerusalem again.That is what we, in the NPP, should be doing, to rise up and build up Ghana again,” he charged.
Nana Akufo-Addo further reminded the gathering of the Holy Qu’ran’s account of the time when the Kabah was destroyed, and how it was rebuilt.
“I want you to trust me, have confidence in me. I am determined to work for all the people of Ghana without exception, and that I will provide this country with honest leadership. I am not saying I will not make mistakes,” he said.
He added: “I don’t think there is any human being or leader who never makes mistakes. But I promise you one thing, everything I do will be honest in the interest of the people of Ghana, and not because of my pocket.”
On the call by the NPP for a new voters’ register ahead of the conduct of the 2016 election, Nana Akufo-Addo urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to follow the example of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, who is asking for a national discussion of the issue.
Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated that the NPP’s call for a new voters’ register is not because it favours the NPP, “but because it will guarantee a credible electoral process, and that is the surest guarantee for the peace and stability of our country”.
The NPP leader, therefore, called on all well-meaning Ghanaians “to follow the example of the Asantehene and join in the call for a new register”, adding that “I want all of us to encourage everybody in this country to do so”.
By Times Reporter