A Vote For NDC Will Mean Prolonging Poverty - Sammy Awuku

A Deputy NPP Communications Director, Samuel Awuku says this year’s general elections will be a choice between prosperity and poverty. Sammy Awuku said the critical issue that will confront the electorate in December would be whether Ghanaians will prolong their suffering in the next four years by voting for the NDC or to have prosperous lives when they vote for the NPP. He stated that the Mills administration in the last three years has brought untold hardship on Ghanaians, to the extent that people cannot afford three square meals a day. Sammy Awuku said on Adom FM on Friday that Ghanaians are suffering under the NDC administration, adding, the bread and butter promised by the NDC have turned sour as businesses are collapsing due to increase in taxes. President Mills, on Thursday, said in his last State of the Nation Address to Parliament in his first term of office that the nation was stable and in good health. In reaction to this, Sammy Awuku said the statement does not reflect the true situation in the country. He argued that the single digit inflation rate being bandied about by the NDC is not reflecting on prices of goods and services in the country. The Deputy Communications Director underscored the need for Ghanaians to vote out the NDC from government and bring back the NPP because Ghanaians were better off under the previous administration. He claimed that government had channeled state funds that were meant for development into payment of judgment debts. He said that Ghanaians were expecting President Mills to talk about the corruption in government under the guise of paying judgement debts, “but because the so-called Social Democrats are chopping state funds, he (Mills) dodged the question”. He added that the GHC51 million judgement debt which was paid to Alfred Woyome could have been used to improve the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Sammy Awuku said the introduction of capitation grant under the NHIS in the Ashanti Region was affecting quality of health delivery due to the amount of money paid to private hospitals in the region. He said the GHC1.70 pesewas paid to private hospitals for each patient is not enough to provide quality health care to Ghanaians. However, Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority Sedinam Tamakloe, explained that the GHC1. 70 pesewas per patient is multiplied by 3,000 patients, so this amount may be small, but 3,000 patients may not attend a particular hospital in a month which will give the service providers more income. Sedinam Tamakloe, who is also a member of the NDC Communications team said the capitation grant concept is good which should be embraced by all. She added that President Mills had performed very well in the past three years in executing developmental projects.