Stephen Akwetey States Claim For Gt. Accra NDC Chair

akwetey ASPIRING Greater Accra chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDC), Mr. Steven Akwetey, has promised of a leadership style that is geared toward youth employment and development.

Speaking with The Ghanaian Times at the weekend ahead of next month’s elections, he observed that the youth had been taken for granted for far too long “and it’s high time we took them seriously”.

“It’s time we offer unique and transparent leadership so as to give hope to the people. Indeed, we ought to deal with the growing despondency and reconnect with the grassroots since it is detached from the leadership,” he emphasised.

Lending credence to his statement, the Soviet-trained Akwetey said he has acquired a 1,000-acre piece of land at Shai  Osudoku, in the Dangbe West District, to be used by the youth for mixed farming with the ultimate aim of creating jobs and beefing up food security.

“One thing that I can guarantee the people is that their interest would not be compromised if I get the nod.

“The truth is that we have to get rid of self-centred people who only seek to use the political platform to enhance their businesses and eventually exploit the people,” the former chairman of the Krowor Constituency added.

Aside job creation, Mr. Akwe-tey says he is also looking at other significant areas of society.

On September 10, this month, the Greater Accra aspiring NDC chairman launched a health and education fund in Accra with a seed capital of GH¢ 1,000,000 – insisting that the future of the youth is all-too imperative.

He has therefore, promised free education and healthcare for Greater Accra NDC members if elected into office, explaining that this will be done through his Education and Healthcare Trust Fund which will also cover bright but deprived students.

The NDC party guru assured Ghanaians, especially followers of the party, that if he was voted into office, the party would not be the same.

Mr. Akwetey, who has served at elite club Accra Hearts of Oak in various top capacities, must upstage a formidable group of candidates that include Messrs Henry Ekow Manly-Spain, Nii Tackie Commey, Daniel Amartey Mensah as well as the incumbent Joseph Ade Coker, in order to annex the chairmanship slot.

It looks a tall order, but the experienced politician believes he has what it takes to ride the storm.

The elections are scheduled for October 5, 2014, when the NDC would be holding its national and regional congress.

By John Vigah


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