Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said he believes in the can-do spirit of the Ghanaian.
His comment comes on the back of criticisms from government that his one-district, one-factory campaign promise was not feasible, but mere propaganda to sway voters.
But speaking at Duayaw Nkwanta, in the Tano North constituency of the Brong Ahafo region, on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the commencement of a five-day tour of the region, Mr Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians not to be hoodwinked by the usual propaganda of ‘it cannot be done’ and ‘it is impossible’.
He explained that any policy that has been introduced by the NPP, from the promise of the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme, the Free Senior High School policy, the Northern Development Authority were initially said not to be feasible.
“Anytime we say we want to do something, they say it cannot be done. The NDC said it would take 20 years before Free SHS can be achieved. When they came into office, they then turned around and said they would also do it. In so doing, they promised to construct 200 Community Day Senior High Schools in four years. As I speak, they have only completed five. So between me, who said we can do free SHS and President Mahama, who said it cannot be done, who was lying to Ghanaians?”, he asked.
He continued: “It is those, who do not have belief in the can-do spirit of Ghanaians, who always say that it cannot be done. I have belief in the ability of the Ghanaian. I am confident that whatever the Ghanaian sets his eyes on to do, it will be done.”
Nana Akufo-Addo assured Ghanaians that he was going to follow through on the ‘1-District-1-Factory’ policy he proposed while touring the Central Region, in the event that he wins this year’s elections, as this will create thousands of jobs for Ghanaians across the country.
“We have several raw materials in Tano North, which will make the siting of a factory profitable. The setting up of processing plants for produce like oil palm, tiger nuts, maize, amongst others, will ensure the creation of jobs. I have too much respect for Ghanaians to propose a policy for which I know cannot be done. I am coming to bring all these policies into fruition,” he added.