Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA
Wa, Sept. 4, GNA – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo
Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the
party will adopt the bottom-up approach to build Ghana if elected come December
In doing this, Nana Akufo Addo said the
Party would engage with the communities to identify their development needs and
channel resources to address such needs to help bring about development.
Nana Akufo Addo, who stated this during his
four-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region, explained that the one “million
dollars fund for each constituency”; the “one district, one factory”; and the
“one community, one dam” promised by the NPP among other policies would help
the party build the country from bottom-up.
He said the one “million dollars for each
constituency” would help in the mechanization of agriculture; the “one
district, one factory” would boost manufacturing, create jobs and help improve
the economy while the “one community, one dam” would help promote irrigation
for an all-year-round farming in northern Ghana.
The NPP Presidential candidate said they
have already identified 300 of these potential factories across the country,
adding that with judicious use of resources coupled with determination and
commitment, they would be able to deliver on the promise.
The NPP will also reform markets to meet
modern standards across the country for farmers to market their produce, he
Nana Akufo Addo said the Micro Finance and
Small Loans Center (MASLOC) would be retooled to help it give small loans to peasant
farmers, noting that if Ghana could take care of its farmers’ needs, food
security issues would not be a problem.
We will also revive the National Health
Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to fully cater for the health needs of the people and
restore both student nurses and teacher trainee allowances to attract students
to the health and education institutions to improve on the staffing for both
sectors, he said.
He said the NPP believed that Ghana was rich
but lacked the requisite leadership, the reason for the current suffering in
“If our resources are properly managed, it
will help bring about the right development and the right quality of life that
Ghanaians deserve”, he said.
Nana Akufo Addo said this was why the NPP
was seeking the mandate of Ghanaians to pursue good policies to improve the
economy, agriculture and manufacturing to bring about total transformation.
The NPP Flag bearer said he came close to
the Presidency in 2008 and 2012 and pleaded with the electorates to choose him
in his third bid for the seat so that he would help move Ghana forward.
Nana Akufo Addo’s first day of the tour took
him to Lambussie, Hamile, Nandom and Nadowli where he addressed jubilant party
supporters and paid courtesy calls on Kuoro Salifu Dy-yakah and Naa Puoure
Puobe Chiir VII Paramount Chiefs of Lambussie and Nandom Traditonal Areas
Nana Akufo Addo also launched the campaigns
of three parliamentary candidates including Mr Bright Yelviel-Dong Baligi,
Lambussie-Karni Constituency, Mr Ambrose Dery, Nandom Constituency and Mr Elvis
Botaah, Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency.
The NPP Presidential Candidate was
accompanied by his running mate Dr Mahamud Bawumia, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Deputy
Minority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbila Constituency and Mr
Alan Kyerementeng, a former Minister.
The rest are Madam Otiko Hafisa Djaabah, NPP
National Women Organizer, Dr Konadu Apreko, a former Minister and Mr Addai
Nimo, MP for Mampong.