Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Vice Presidential Candidate has appealed to the people of Central Region to vote massively for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and parliamentary candidates to help reverse the brittle economy.
He said the government had received GH?248 billion as loans and taxes in eight years but yet Ghanaians are facing economic hardship.
Dr Bawumia made the appeal when he addressed supporters of the party at rallies in Gomoa East, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa and Ekumfi constituencies as part of five days tour of the Region.
He explained that as a result of corruption and bribery practices by the government, the living conditions of Ghanaians have stagnated and asked them to vote the National Democratic Congress from power in the December 7, general election.
He noted that NPP government under ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor used GH¢ 20 billion to create the Capitation Grant, Metro Mass Transit (MMT), Youth Employment, Ghana School Feeding Programme, National Health Insurance Authority and the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre( MASLOC) and other interventions to alleviate the suffering of Ghanaians.
Dr Bawumia stated that when Ghana was under Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) condition during President Kufuor’s administration allowances of nurses and teacher trainees were being paid to cushion the students.
He said the government under NPP would create a Coastal Development Fund to cater for the welfare of the people in the Region.
Dr Bawumia said a law would be promulgated to make it obligatory for the government to release the one million dollars to all 275 constituencies to facilitate development programmes as promised.
He said the money could be managed and used by the people to undertake the projects of choice and would give 20 per cent as the capital budget of the national budget to 216 districts to fight poverty.
Dr Bawumia said the one district one factory policy promised in the NPP manifesto would be implemented when voted to power to create jobs and wealth for unemployed youth.
The chiefs appealed to the NPP to assist them in the areas of education, health, roads, jobs and others if offered the nod on December 7. -GNA