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2008-03-11 14:51:00
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The Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Alhassan Yakubu Adoo, has asked the Chiefs and people of the three Northern Regions to compare and evaluate the development opportunities they had enjoyed under the government of President Kufuor and that of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) before casting their votes in the forthcoming general elections.

According to Chairman Adoo, the time had come for the people up north to discard the protracted tribal and chieftaincy politics being fanned by some selfish and unscrupulous politicians, whom he said were only bent on misleading them for their personal gains.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle at the NPP Office in Tamale, Alhassan Adoo maintained that he would not be far from describing his own people (northerners) as “ungrateful”, if they once again failed to recognize or acknowledge the high respect, attention and infrastructural development offered them by the ruling NPP government within the last years.

The NPP Regional Chairman observed that the government of President Kufuor had not only served the people in the three Northern Regions with humility, commitment and a high sense of respectability to consolidate their socio-economic fortunes, but had also made them an icon of hope.

He noted that the government had succeeded in its bid to making Tamale a commercial hub, for both local and international business to flourish, which was evidenced by the springing up of several high-class financial institutions in the Metropolis that were offering jobs to the unemployed youth.

According to him, the willingness of the Banks to construct their own magnificent buildings to operate in Tamale, was enough evidence to determine that the government had succeeded in restoring peace in the area and therefore urged the residents to be cautious of activities of the few naughty politicians and opinion leaders who were using the conflict to earn a living.

Chairman Alhassan Adoo also cited the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Ghana School Feeding Programme, the Capitation Grant, Metro Mass Transport and National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) as some of the good initiatives of the NPP government, gearing towards the advancement of the people.

He further touched on the construction of the new ultramodern Tamale Sports Stadium, the Tamale Water Expansion Project, construction of first class roads, street-lighting project, Tamale Beautification Project, creation of new districts and the proposed affordable housing in Tamale, as some of the good programmes of government which he said had uplifted the image of Tamale.

Chairman Alhassan Adoo said it would be an understatement to even mention about government’s interventions for the local farmers, women groups, provision of rural electrification, boreholes and mechanized dams to ensure good drinking water, provision of health facilities, educational infrastructure, telecommunication facilities in almost all the 21 districts and construction of market centres among others.

He asserted that if the past P/NDC government that regarded the north as its stronghold was able to do even half of what Kufuor’s government had done for the north within their 20 years in government, the north would have by now developed like other parts of the country.

The NPP chairman blamed the socio-economic hardships and development imbalance between the north and the south on the government of Jerry John Rawlings, and entreated the people to retain the NPP by voting Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to continue the good work of President Kufuor, since lack of continuity negates development.

He promised on behalf of other executive members and the entire NPP supporters to work assiduously to break into NDC strongholds and win more parliamentary seats for the party in 2008.

source: Ghanaian Chronicle

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