The Deputy Campaign Manager of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Dr. Abdul Mustapha Hamid has urged Ghanaians to reward President Nana Addo with a second term.
He reminded Ghanaians of the exceptional leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo, particularly in these trying times.
At a press conference on Monday September 14, 2020, Dr. Mustapha Hamid said President Nana Akufo-Addo has proven to be a visionary and his administration is characterized with credibility and empathy; something that the previous Mahama administration lacked.
“…the point I am making is that it takes bold, decisive and visionary leadership to turn around the fortunes of a country whose economy was in a ditch. It bears remembering that this NPP government came into office at a time when another government had thrown its hands up in despair and run to the IMF for a bail out and for what it called “policy credibility.” The first task of any government should be to establish credibility in itself and in its ability to manage the affairs of the country. It is a massive dent on the sovereignty of a country, if its government looks for credibility from external sources.
“We call on Ghanaians in this 2020 election cycle, to choose credibility over a lack of credibility. Indeed, this country had so lost its sense of credibility, that it had to import plantain to feed its people. It is the responsibility of governments to create the enabling environment for farmers to work to feed a nation. The visionary and far sighted leadership of Akufo-Addo through the planting for food and jobs programme, has turned Ghana around from a net importer of food to a net exporter of food. Presently, Ghana exports the following food items to other ECOWAS countries- cashew, plantain, yam, cassava, maize, banana, pineapple, soya beans, coffee, coconuts, palm oil, shea butter and palm oil”, he said.
He further highlighted the President's leadership in managing the COVID-19 pandemic saying “…President Akufo-Addo’s management of the COVID pandemic has been exemplary. Today, we are almost beginning to forget that the pandemic exists. Indeed, in many parts of the world today, the pandemic still rages. When the President started to put in systematic and well-thought out measures to contain the pandemic, and when he said that, “we shall defeat COVID-19 together, many took it as political talk. But he knew what he was doing. From the partial imposition of a lock-down, to the easing of restrictions, to sending final year students to school, many Ghanaians were nervous and wanted us to copy other countries in the West Africa region who were hesitant to do same''.
“Indeed, some Ghanaians circulated videos of the Minister for Education of Nigeria, where he was saying that Nigeria will not let its final year students take their exit exams this year because it will be fool-hardy to so and called on our President to follow suit and recall our students to school. But our President of conviction stood his grounds. Today, Nigeria has followed Ghana’s example in letting her final year students write their exams. A leadership of conviction is what it takes to steer a country out of troubled waters. While it is not yet uhuru, Ghanaians can see clearly, that there has been a leadership of purpose and conviction in the management of COVID-19. WE thank God that Akufo-Addo is President at this time'', he added.
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