Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), H.E John Mahama has urged residents of the Eastern region not to be influenced by material things from the ruling NPP ahead of the upcoming elections.
The former president who was addressing traders and artisans at Adawso as part of his four-day tour of the region indicated that influencial people in the NPP will share freebies to influence electorates to retain them in power despite their nonperformance.
“They [the NPP] will share clothes and money to you to influence your votes but don’t be carried away by the freebies because you’ll use them for a day,” the former president said as he criticized the Akufo-Addo led administration for not delivering on its promises.
“We are in hard times and there are no jobs for you… Today a cup of gari is going for 20 cedis yet they said things will be okay for you when given the mandate,” Mahama added.
Urging the residents to change their voting pattern, Mr Mahama observed that the NPP has not worked for the people of the Eastern region as his administration did and pledged to develop the area as he had planned and began.
“Nananom a part of the highway from Mamfe to this area is bad and we thought they would have upgraded it long ago but they [the NPP government] haven’t,” the NDC leader bemoaned and quizzed, ” So what at all have they done for you?”
Sharing the policies in the ‘Peoples’ Manifesto’ with the gathering, the former president highlighted the need for the youth to be trained in various vocations to strengthen the private sector to drive the country’s economy, stressing that under his next adminstration the National Apprenticeship Programme (NAP) will train about 200,000 to 500,000 young persons for free to create decent jobs for them.
“I have had chats with street hawkers and kayayees and why they are doing what they do is because they don’t have people to support them learn skills. So we are bringing this programme to ensure that they learn these vocations and after a successful completion within 2 or 3 year period, we give them the tools to set up their businesses,” explained the NDC flagbearer.
He assured the people of his commitment to turn the economy round with the creation of at least 250,000 jobs for Ghanaians through the revival of industries as well as the ‘Big Push’ which will be funded by 10 billion dollars to expand infrastructure in the education, transport, health, and agric sectors.
He concluded by assuring that his engagements with stakeholders across the country has made him appreciate the needs of the Ghanaian people than previously and stated that when voted to power, he will guided by the needs of the citizens.