Tema, Sept 13, GNA - Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, on Thursday called on Ghanaians to ignore Mr Lee Ocran, Minister of Education’s criticism of his party’s free education promise because he lacks credibility.
He indicated that it was unfortunate that Mr Ocran said Ghana could only implement the NPP’s proposed free education from the basic level to the second cycle level in the next 20 years adding that Ghanaians would not wait for that long.
Nana Akufo-Addo was interacting with electorates in the Tema East constituency as part of his Greater Accra campaign tour.
The NPP presidential candidate said Mr Ocran as a Member of Parliament under former President John Agyekum Kuffuor’s regime presented dirty oil to Parliament to back his claim that Ghana has not discovered oil.
“If he and the NDC can’t give Ghanaians free education, we can do it,” he added.
He questioned the Education Minister’s claim that Ghana does not have the financial resource to implement the free education policy noting that “the about GH¢ 830 million used to settle judgment debts could be used for that purpose.
Nana Akufo-Addo further asked why some leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who benefitted from free education were questioning the rationale for the NPP’s quest to implement a nation-wide free education policy.
Touching on other issues, he promised that a government led by him will restore the Cedi to its former value as according to him, the currency has currently depreciated leading to increases in prices of goods and services.
He also promised to restore faith in the National Health Insurance Scheme to ensure quality health delivery to all when voted into power.
The NPP presidential candidate reiterated that Ghanaians were not created to be poor as the country has all the resources to needed to create a prosperous nation.
He stressed that Ghana lacks good policies and competent leadership which he would provide when voted as the President, come December 2012.
Mr Kofi Brako, NPP parliamentary candidate for Tema East, also urged the electorates to massively vote for him and Nana Akufo-Addo to bring change to the harbour city.
Mr Brako noted that as part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s quest to turn the country into an industrial hub, the NPP would ensure that the sewer system in Tema, which is an industrial city, would be properly tackled.
He also advised the NPP faithful to welcome floating voters and members of other political parties who would defect to the party to ensure a massive win during the general election.
Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage visited and interacted with people at the Tema light industrial area, Tema Community Nine market, Club Felisa at Community seven, Community one main market, taxi rank, and site two.
He also visited the secretariat of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Tema Fishing harbor, Tema Newtown lorry station, among other places.
The NPP presidential candidate was mobbed by the party’s faithful who were clad in the party colours of red, blue and white amidst singing and dancing
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