President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that Ghanaians have the opportunity in the December 2020 general election to assess the two main presidential candidates and choose the one who has been able to live up to their expectation when offered the chance to lead the country.
He recounted that in the political history of the country, there had not been any occasion when the two main contestants for the presidential slot had occupied the seat before and explained that “this time we have the sitting president and the immediate past president vying for the position”.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking during an interview he granted to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Radio Station in Sunyani, Radio BAR to begin his two-day visit to the Bono Region today.
During his visit, the President addressed members of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, cut the sod for the construction of an Accident and Emergency Centre for the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital, inspected the ongoing construction of the Baanofo-Zezera-Adamsu road in the Jaman South Municipality and also visited the WEDDI Africa Tomato Processing Factory and Agro Farms under the One-district, One-factory programme.
He also inspected the rehabilitation work on the 15-kilometre New Dormaa-Yawhima road, cut the sod for the construction of the Droboso-Ayigbe-Badu road and the Wenchi Water Project, and inspected ongoing construction works of various educational facilities under the Senior High Schools Intervention Projects at the Koase Senior High and Technical School in the Wenchi Municipality..
President Akufo-Addo stated that in 2016 he appealed to the electorate, as a presidential candidate, to give him the opportunity to implement his vision for the country.
“Ghanaians have tried me and I believe I am saying so in all humility, that I have not been found wanting, I have lived up to my promises and now they can see what I am capable of doing”.
He said it was his expectation that on the basis of his record, Ghanaians would offer him the second opportunity to continue to implement his policies to build a stronger Ghana.
The President said it was unfortunate that former President John Dramani Mahama had promised to provide 1 million jobs if he was voted into power when he could not even recruit people into the public sector when he was president.
“Ghanaians should ask him how come someone who had the slowest rate of growth of the national economy in over 20 years say today that he will be able to develop the economy faster”, he questioned.
“The opportunity now is very clear to the Ghanaian people to look at the records of the two people and make a decision. I am hoping very very strongly that the majority of Ghanaians see Akufo-Addo as the man who should be given another chance”.
Touching on the DKM saga, President Akufo-Addo gave an assurance that at the end of September, 2020, every depositor whose claim had been validated would receive his or her deposit.
He explained that when the DKM saga began under the NDC government, the number of claims received by the official receiver were 90,353 out of which 88,952 were authenticated.
President Akufo-Addo said from the beginning when the payment was made up to September 7, 2020, 74,000 had been paid, leaving 13,857 claims outstanding which were currently being made.