Northern Ghanais 200 Years Behind South - Aliu Mahama
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VICE PRESIDENT Alhaji Aliu Mahama has identified greed, self-interest and individualism as some of the negative tendencies that gained grounds, in the Ghanaian society several decades ago, and impeded the developmental agenda of the three northern regions. These tendencies, he said, were still very high among the politicians.
According to the number two man, some politicians have exhibited greed, self-interest and individualism to the disadvantage of the people of the three regions, by diverting development opportunities that were meant for the northern regions to their respective areas.
Alhaji Mahama cited Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s vision of constructing a railway line from Accra to the north, which was thwarted by some selfish politicians, simply because they wanted it to pass through their respective regions, towns or villages, while others wanted it to go to directly to their regions.
The Vice President lamented that the vast educational gap between the north and the south was, also, as a result of these negative tendencies, which have seeped into the Ghanaian political realm for several decades.
He said northerners were 200 years behind their counterparts in the south in education, all because the early-days politician did not see anything good in the people of the north.
He said it was against this background that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government upgraded some of the educational institutions in these three regions to bridge the gap between the north and the south.
In the Upper East Region, the Vice President mentioned Bawku Senior High and Bolgatanga Senior High Schools, as some of the second cycle institutions that the government has upgraded, under the new model system.
The Vice President also said the inclusion of the Northern Development Fund in the 2008 budget, earmarked for the development of the north, was also another initiative by the government to bridge the gap between the north and the south.
Alhaji Mahama said these, when he addressed members of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs in Bolgatanga.
He told the chiefs that his visit was to formally announce to them, his intention to contest the flagbearership race of the NPP, and also to seek protection and blessings from his ancestors.
He reiterated that education was the only key that could bring development to the north, and urged the chiefs to ensure that children of school-going age, in their jurisdictions, were sent to school by their parents.
The Vice President stated clearly that, for now, the development of the north lay in the hands of the people of the north.
He promised to bring a great change to the area, when given the nod to lead the country.
Alhaji Aliu told the chiefs that he saw himself as the only candidate that can unify the NPP after Saturday’s congress adding, “I decided to run for president, because I deserve it.”
He stressed that marketing him as a presidential candidate, was the simplest thing his party could do, because he was the only candidate among the 16 others, who had gained the most experience, after serving as the vice president for seven years.
The Vice President later met with delegates to seek their votes come December 22.
The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, Naaba Simon Ayidana Asobayire IV, in his welcome address stated that, “though chiefs have been barred from doing politics, they will give their support to any party or person who would come to power and bring relief to Ghanaians.”
Naaba Asobayire IV, on behalf of his members, prayed that on the congress day, the delegates would use their good sense of judgment and make the right choice.