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Nana Jabs Mills Over SADA


Nana Jabs Mills Over SADA

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reaffirmed his commitment to initiate workable policies and programmes that will bridge the yawning developmental gap between the north and south.

He stated that unlike his political opponents who were struggling to implement the much-touted Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), his policies would be action-based for all residents to testify.

According to him, his policies and programmes would not be left on the shelves to gather dust but be initiated to uplift development of the three northern regions that had been considered as the poorest in the country.

Addressing thousands of Muslims at the Tamale Jubilee Park as part of the NPP’s National Muslim prayer session, Nana Addo expressed worry at the slow pace in the implementation of the SADA, saying it betrayed the trust and confidence of the north.

He noted that the hopes of northerners had been dashed following the current’s government’s failure to fast track the project which it claimed was going to be a major panacea in developing the area.

In this light, he reaffirmed his decision and promise to formulate good policies and programmes that would ameliorate the suffering of the masses in northern Ghana.

He urged residents to go out and register in their numbers in the ongoing biometric voter registration, explaining that it was a major determinant of their destiny in the country during the December polls.

The NPP flagbearer thanked the people of region for the rousing welcome accorded him and his entourage, observing that it was a manifestation they indeed yearned for an Akufo-Addo led government.

Giving reasons for his presence in the region, the NPP leader stated that he was in the north to introduce their brother and a Muslim colleague, who he described as humble, trustworthy and belonging to a chosen profession, to them.

Dr. Bawumia, he noted, had the power to turn the economic fortunes of the country, having chalked numerous successes as Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana and a consultant to other African countries.

The Northern Region, in his view, was endowed with numerous resources and needed very competent persons like Dr. Bawumia at the helm of affairs to tap these resources to develop the region.

It is in this regard that an NPP government would draw policies and programmes which northerners would greatly benefit from and catch up with the rest of the country in terms of development.

On his part, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia thanked people of the north for joining hands with the party’s hierarchy in reposing confidence in him and retaining him as running mate to the flagbearer.

He urged them to vote massively for the NPP in the forthcoming elections, stating that their support for him and the NPP should go beyond his Islamic background and consolidate efforts in unearthing development for the region.

He disagreed with skeptics that the free Senior High School (SHS) policy announced by Nana Addo was not feasible, underscoring its importance for the development of the north.

“We must all embrace it because it is feasible and will empower our young ones at no cost,” he remarked.

The running mate bemoaned the politics of violence in the region and called for a united northern Ghana in achieving its dream of catching up with the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, the event was nearly marred by the sudden death of an NPP stalwart and his wife who were reportedly run over by a tanker driver a day before the main event.

A Benz fuel tanker with registration AS 858-11 crashed into Alhaji Shauna Sanyagsi and Zuleila Abubakari, his wife, after it veered off its lane and ran into the other.

Reports indicated that the deceased persons were on a parked motorbike when they met their untimely death. They have been buried in accordance with the Islamic rites.

Thousands joined in the requiem ceremony to pay their last respect to the couple.

A delegation from the party visited the house to express their condolences to the bereaved families.

Source: Stephen Zoure/Daily Guide



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