The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama has pledged commitment to continue all stalled cocoa road projects that has been abandoned by the “insensitive” Akufo-Addo government.
Mr Mahama said the cocoa roads project which was initiated by his government was a strategic policy to help boost the cocoa sector for job creation, stressing that he will ensure such projects are tackled when re-elected to power.
“I will ensure work on all cocoa roads resume when I’m voted into power because when the roads are good and farmers are able to transport the cocoa [to be exported] it is the entire country that benefits,” Mr Mahama said at a durbar at Kwasarekrom in the Bia East constituency of the Western North region.
“The NDC has always rolled out better policies for cocoa farmers…During my tenure as president, we didn’t wait till election time before increasing cocoa prices. There is no government that increased cocoa prices to help farmers than the NDC did, so when we return to power, we will continue with our policies to improve yield and improve the lives of cocoa farmers,” Mr Mahama stated.
As part of his tour of the region, Mr Mahama has been engaging the chiefs and people of the area, explaining to them the policies in the NDC’s 2020 manifesto.
Some of the policies, Mr Mahama noted, was to bring back the free fertilizer programme which was cancelled by the Akufo-Addo government. He said the free fertilizers for cocoa farmers will help boost yield for farmers and earn the government foreign exchange for the development of the country.
The NDC leader also reiterated his commitment to creating more jobs in the informal sector through a state-sponsored apprenticeship programme when voted to power.
He bemoaned the heightening unemployment rate among school dropouts across the country and pledged to tackle it in the next National Democratic Congress (NDC) government through the numerous job policies in their 2020 manifesto.
Mr. Mahama stated that his government will expand the Free SHS programme to cover private senior high schools and ensure that Ghanaians who did not have access to basic education become skillful through various training programmes.
“Nana we [NDC] will sponsor our youth to learn skills under our Free Apprenticeship Programme. After a successful completion, we will support them with funds to establish their own business. For instance if one was trained to be a seamstress, my government will get them a sewing machine to start their own business,” Mr Mahama said in Akan.
He also spoke about the NDC’s free primary health policy that will help improve ife expectancy in the country, adding that the National Health Insurance Scheme covers about 40% of Ghanaians and thereby cuttimg a lot of the citizens from accessing quality healthcare.
In his speech, the Chief of Kwasarekrom, Nana yaw Krah III, commended Mr Mahama for visiting him in his village and endorsed his candidature for the presidency.
Nana outlined some of the projects of the erstwhile Mahama administration in his area and asked that the stalled ones, especially the road projects be completed when he assumes power in 2021.
He also apealed for a police station and a telecommunication network in his area, which Mr Mahama pledged to deliver when elected to power.