Politics of Friday, 19 August 2016
The 2016 Presidential nominee of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed his commitment to empower the country’s informal sector if given the nod to lead Ghana after the December elections.
According to Nana Addo, making the informal sector viable will ensure the prosperity of the many Ghanaians who earn their income from that section of the economy.
He said this on his campaign tour of the Klottey Korle Constituency in the Greater Accra region on Thursday.
“We want to strengthen the informal sector in Ghana. Restructuring the informal sector to make it viable is what can make the economy very strong. The informal sector is very dear to the heart of the NPP as a party. Empowering the informal sector and the private sector has been part of the agenda of our political tradition since the pre-independence era. God has given us the opportunity this year to bring an end to all the suffering in the country by using our thumbs well, please give me the chance.”
Enterprises in the informal sector constitute over 80% of the entire Ghanaian economy.
Nana Akufo-Addo outlined a number of interventions his government will institute to help create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive, when he’s given the mandate to serve Ghanaians.
“There are too many taxes in our country…it is the reason why businesses are collapsing in our country. We are coming into office to reduce these killer taxes, and scrap the ones we deem unnecessary. This will help bring relief to business owners, who can then, in turn, create jobs for our unemployed youth.”
He further urged the people to vote for him to enable him put his promises into action.
“We are coming to vote and elect a new government which is bringing development to every part of the country without discrimination. We are asking Mahama, this year, to leave office, so an Akufo-Addo government will bring progress, development and prosperity to all. Ghanaians have had enough of President Mahama’s mess,” he added.