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December 02, 2012

Ayariga Promises to Transform Ghana’s Economy

by Peter Clottey

The presidential candidate of Ghana’s opposition People’s National Convention (PNC) says he will tap the talents and potential of the youth to create jobs and to elevate the standard of living for all citizens.

Hassan Ayariga says he will decentralize the current system of governance to allow for youth participation, to in his words, create unity and political tolerance across the country.

“We want to make a change because we are not able to transform our economy after 55 years of independence. I believe we need to invest in our youth and we also need to hand over leadership and arms of government to the young people of this country,” said Ayariga.

“I believe that when Ghana is handed over to Hassan Ayariga, I will tap the talent of every individual Ghanaian, irrespective of which political party or ethnic or religious background, because what I want is to transform Ghana to provide for the needs of the people like clean water, electricity and everything that concern them."

He says the PNC will rehabilitate and improve the health, education and agricultural sectors, which he said, will empower the youth and reduce the country’s high unemployment rate.

He blames previous governments of failing to implement policies to better the lives of the people.

“The problem of Ghana and the people of this nation is due to policy [failures] and the implementation of the programs. We talk a lot and say so many things, but when it comes to implementation, it becomes a difficult thing for us to do,” said Ayariga.

According to the PNC, its socialist polices “will enable the party to ensure a fair distribution of the national cake to every citizenry of Ghana and make Ghana a better place for everyone.”                                                   

Ayariga said the PNC policies outline steps to get citizens involved in the country’s governance.

“We will start with decentralizing the whole system of government. When we do that we will now bring on board the national development policy which means every region will have a program that is going to be implemented within the next four years,” continued Ayariga, “we will then go into manufacturing and industrialization using our raw materials to feed our industries so that they are able to manufacture for us to produce [Ghanaian goods].”

Ayariga vows to will improve the country’s tax collection system to improve revenue, in order to help the needy and the disadvantaged.

He rejected suggestions that the party lacks enough grassroots support to win the December 7 presidential vote.

Some analysts say it is unlikely any political party can win the presidential vote in the first round of the election. They contend that the party that comes up with a strong coalition is likely to win.

Ayariga says he believes he will be in a run-off if one is necessary and will be focus on building a winning coalition. “So I will rather be thinking of how to get people to join me to win the power. So my party is looking at other parties that share the same ideology and we think that together we can build this nation [to form an alliance],” he said.

Hassan Ayariga is an accountant and an entrepreneur with businesses across the country. His businesses include Clean–Us Limited, a waste management company, Hallo Pizza Restaurant and Hassan Ayariga & Company, a haulage and export company, which deal in trucks for infrastructural development.

He is married to Anita Ayariga.

Clottey interview with Hassan Ayariga, PNC presidential candidate