The people of the Northern Region are not happy with the NDC government for what they say is a total betrayal and breach of trust.
"We were promised a lot by the NDC during the 2008 campaign and we believed them and so we voted for them. But after winning the elections, the NDC government has completely forgotten about us," they said.
Residents of Gushegu, Limo, Galwie, Gaa, Kpatanla, Nawogu, Nankpanduri, amongst others have been bringing these to the attention of the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, who is in the Northern region embarking on his listening tour.
The NPP flagbearer was earlier in the Upper West and Upper East regions.
At Nankpanduri, Abass, 57, a community leader said he and his people are disappointed in the president. "He came and promised us that he will bring a programme called SADA and that will create jobs for us and reduce poverty but his term is almost ending and he has not brought this SADA here," he said.
At Gushegu, residents who were very charged gave Nana Addo a huge welcome when he got there. They said life has gotten worse under the so-called ï¿½Better Ghanaï¿½ of President Mills, vowing to show him the exit in 2012.
Residents of Bagri, like many other communities visited by the NPP leader complained about lack of educational and health facilities. Inadequate irrigation dams, lack of potable drinking water and electricity, youth unemployment and poor road network, amongst many others were all brought to the attention of the NPP flagbearer.
They have been pledging support for Nana Addo and the NPP saying "we want to see some improvement in our lives and we believe Nana can do that for us."
On his part, Nana Addo has been reiterating his commitment to ensuring that the development and economic gap between the North and South of our country is bridged.
He said, "It is not good for the unity and cohesion of our country for such a gap to continue to exist between the north and south and that is why in 2008 I proposed the establishment of the Northern Development Authority backed by a Northern Development Fund to help accelerate the economic transformation of the three northern regions."
Nana Addo continued, "I still stand by that proposal and if you help me and I get to the presidency, I will do it for you. Mine is not just mere political talk like what the NDC did. I am genuine about the transformation of the north and if I get the opportunity, I will serve you truthfully."
He said the NDC were never committed to the development of the north "and that is why when I proposed the Northern Development Authority, they quickly came out to condemn it. It was only when they realised that my proposal was gaining popularity especially in the three northern regions, that they turned around to steal my idea and named it SADA."
Nana Addo said, "I'm glad you say yourselves that you haven't seen anything on SADA for the past three years. It is because they are not committed to alleviating your plight and suffering.ï¿½
He thanked them for their support and urged them to work hard to ensure that the incompetent NDC government makes way for a more visionary and competent team in 2012.
Source: The New Statesman
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