Friday, August 29, 2008

Bawumia: I’m hungry for Ghana

The vice presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, says positive responses he is receiving during his tour of the Northern Region have spurred him on to serve the country better than ever.

Eagerly enumerating what the people in the north stand to benefit from the NPP government under the presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo, he said, "I sound like a Ghanaian very hungry to deliver the services for mother Ghana".

And that was after Joy News' Sampson Lardi Ayenini had suggested to the newly born politician he was sounding more like a technocrat.

In an exclusive interview with Sampson who is trailing Dr. Bawumia's tour, the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana deplored the underdevelopment of the region and promised the people that their problems would be solved when the NPP is retained in the December elections.

He said under the strong foundation laid by the Kufuor administration, "we are going forward with a new vision for the Northern Development Fund that is going to get the infrastructure that is still lacking, health and modernize agriculture in this region".

He said particular attention would be paid to agricultural development in the region because it has the "vast potential to be the bread basket of the sub-region as a whole".

Dr. Bawumia said the Northern Development Fund, which he said is a specific promise by the NPP presidential candidate, would start with an initial capital of US one billion dollars.

He said the fund would be replicated in other parts of the country where poverty is prevalent.

He noted that the NPP government won't be discriminatory in the distribution of national assets.

"The NPP is a national party that is concerned about the development of every part of Ghana," he said.

The vice presidential candidate promised that the economy of the country would be transformed to ensure that "prosperity reigns, freedom reigns and security reigns".

source : myjoyonline

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