Let’s consider politics only as a tool for national development

Samuel Akumatey, GNA

Klefe (V/R), Oct.
21, GNA – The Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahamoud Bawumia has called on the
citizenry to grow politics beyond petty differences, and consider it “only” as
a tool for national development.

He said in an era
where development remained the main goal, the nation must not allow divisive
politics to blur efforts towards addressing its many socio-economic challenges.

Dr Bawumia said this
when he graced a fundraising durbar to climax the Klefe Yam Festival
celebration of the people of Klefe in the Ho Municipality.

“Let our politics
grow beyond petty differences. Let our politics mature beyond name calling and
the fabrication of lies. Let our national politics demonstrate unity of
purpose, unity in diversity and in the contest of ideas, leading to the triumphant
of superior solutions that address our many socio-economic challenges.

“As we seek to move
forward in unity for development, it is time we consider politics only as a
tool for development and the way we go about it. What matters is for us to
rally support for governments that address the everyday challenges of the
people”, he said

The Vice President
called on the nation to support President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, whom he
said remained committed to developing a political atmosphere that fostered unity
and development, and shun politicians who thrived by “preying on tribal and
regional sentiments”.

“I wish to convey to
you the commitment of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to these
ideals of politics. As we move into an election year, it is the resolve of the
President to centre our politics on the bread and butter issues and the future
of the country.

“Let us support this
resolution of the President by re-invigorating the values of old. In time past,
we counted on people to be truth-tellers in all circumstances and respectful of
each other. We can still go back to those “good old days” of truth, honesty,
love, peace, kindness, and simple goodness.

He said politicians
who sought to prey on tribal and regional sentiments of the people were not
problem solvers and did not deserve the support of the people. 

The Vice President
said the nation must seek strength in its diversity by erasing differences, and
trade respect with one another, and called on parents to teach the young
generation that “in diversity, there is beauty and there is strength”.

Dr. Bawumia said
government was aware of the developmental challenges communities like Klefe
were saddled with, and assured that aside the construction of its town and
linking roads, Klefe would benefit from the “ingenious” One Constituency-One
Million Dollar initiative.

The festival was on
the theme “Moving Forward in Unity for Development”.

Togbe Koku Dzaga XI,
Paramount Chief of the Traditional Area said with the increasing population,
communal labour, which helped realise most developmental projects in the area
could not meet growing demands, and appealed to government to assist them.

Dr Archibald Yao
Letsa, Volta Regional Minister who hails from the area, cut the sod for the
construction of Klefe town roads; a project to be executed by Senam Ghana
Limited within a 12 month period.

The fundraising
targeted GH¢350,000.00 to improve facilities at the Klefe Health Cente, notably
the digitisation of the centre, procurement of laboratory equipment, completion
of the dispensary block, and a ten-bed maternity ward.