News / Africa

Akufo-Addo Promises Ghana Strong Leadership

A poster of the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo is seen at the entrance of a gasoline station in Accra, October 23, 2012A poster of the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo is seen at the entrance of a gasoline station in Accra, October 23, 2012
x
A poster of the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo is seen at the entrance of a gasoline station in Accra, October 23, 2012
A poster of the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo is seen at the entrance of a gasoline station in Accra, October 23, 2012
Peter Clottey
Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will provide a strong and decisive leadership to help resolve the country’s economic challenges if he wins Friday’s presidential election.

“Ghanaians should expect nothing less than transformation in our lives, in the way that we organize our society and in our economy. Nothing short of transformation,” said NPP Communications Director Nana Akomea.

“Nobody is satisfied with the status quo,” continued Akomea, “we are supposed to have gotten the biggest economic growth rate, but it has not translated into welfare and it hasn’t translated into anything. So, essentially, the leadership that we need to be able to transform the society especially in the use of the oil revenue, it is that leadership that Nana Akufo-Addo is going to provide.”

Akomea says failure of leadership is to blame for the country’s problems. He says the ruling National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) policies have been ineffective in resolving the country’s challenges.                          

“In this country where you have fruits growing wild, falling and get[ting] rotten on the ground, we spend millions of dollars to import fruit juice from Dubai, which is a desert [country]. It doesn’t make sense,” said Akomea.

“Everybody recognizes the problem and everybody talks about what has to be done, nobody is doing it because the leadership is simply not there," said Akomea. "Nana Addo is going to provide that key ingredient of leadership. That will ensure that we are able to produce [things here].”    

He says Akufo-Addo’s pledge to provide free senior high school education for all Ghanaians is generating grassroots support to enable him win Friday’s presidential vote.

But, critics have questioned the promise as a mere publicity stunt to win cheap political points ahead of the election. They questioned how the presidential candidate will fund the pledge, since they said the country’s fiscal challenges, coupled with a weak revenue generation system, could prove difficult to implement that policy.

But, Akomea said Akufo-Addo will use funds accrued from the country’s natural resources to fund his program.

“Last year we got almost a billion dollars from oil revenues. Bringing free secondary education to every child would ensure that we have democratized the benefits of oil,” said Akomea.

“The estimates that we have show that we will be spending an extra 1.2 or 1.3 percent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product] every year to provide to provide free education to every Ghanaian child,” he said.       

In its manifesto, the NPP also promises to improve and ensure quality healthcare delivery for Ghanaians.

Some Ghanaians have expressed concern about possible violence during the vote despite, a pledge by all of the presidential candidates to encourage their supporters to eschew violence.
         
“Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged publicly that he will not incite his supporters to [engage] in violence. But, if people are being attacked all the time and there is no protection from the official security, then they would have to defend themselves, and that is a sentiment that we supported everywhere,” said Akomea.
         
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, born in Ghana’s capital, Accra is an attorney and former legislator in Ghana’s parliament. He also served as attorney general and justice minister as well as foreign minister in President John Agyekum Kufuor’s government.  He is married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo. They have five daughters and two grandchildren.

Clottey interview with Nana Akomea, senior NPP campaign official
Clottey interview with Nana Akomea, senior NPP campaign officiali
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Unpaid Kurdish Fighters Sign of Economic Woes

Sharp cuts in Kurdistan's budget by Baghdad, falling oil revenue, coping with refugees, inflated public sector have hit regional economy hard More

Koreas Exchange List of Envoys for Family Reunion Talks

Officials will discuss date, venue and number of participants for reunion; Seoul hopes to hold event late this month More

China Targets 197 in Online Speech Crackdown

Nearly 200 punished for 'spreading rumors' online in ongoing crackdown on free speech More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Calais School Offers Another Face of Europe’s Migrant Crisisi
X
Lisa Bryant
September 02, 2015 6:19 PM
Europe is facing mounting criticism over how it’s handling its biggest migration crisis since World War II. But not all Europeans believe building walls or passing repressive policies are the answer. A school for migrants in the French port city of Calais, is opening doors and building bonds across nationalities. VOA's Lisa Bryant reports.
Video

Video Calais School Offers Another Face of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Europe is facing mounting criticism over how it’s handling its biggest migration crisis since World War II. But not all Europeans believe building walls or passing repressive policies are the answer. A school for migrants in the French port city of Calais, is opening doors and building bonds across nationalities. VOA's Lisa Bryant reports.
Video

Video Russia-Japan Relations Cool as Putin Visits China for WWII Anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing for commemorations of the 70th anniversary of China's WWII victory over Japan. Putin is expected to visit Japan later this year, but tensions between Tokyo and Moscow over islands disputed since the war, and sanctions over Ukraine, could pour cold water on the plan. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Kurdish Fighters on IS Frontline Ready for Offensive

Finger on the trigger, the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stared across the dust at a village taken over by Islamic State extremists. The Kurdistan’s Khazir frontline, just 45 minutes from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. And at this point, the militants were less than two kilometers away. VOA's Sharon Behn reports.
Video

Video Yemen ‘on Brink of Disaster’ as Medical Shortages Soar

Aid agencies warn Yemen is on the brink of humanitarian disaster – with up to half a million children facing severe malnutrition, and hospitals running out of basic medicines. There are fears Yemen's civil war could escalate as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia tries to drive back Houthi rebels, who seized control of much of the country earlier this year. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Apps Helping Kenyan Businesses Stay Ahead of Counterfeiters

Counterfeit goods in Kenya cost the government as much as $1 billion each year in lost tax revenues. The fake goods also hurt entrepreneurs who find it hard to carve out a niche in the market and retain customers. But as Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi, information technology is being used to try to beat the problem.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.

VOA Blogs