John Dramani Mahama
FORMER PRESIDENT John Mahama appears to be embarking on a ‘promising spree’ as he aspires to garner more votes during the December 7 polls.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate openly enumerated several ‘juicy’ promises to entice voters during his tour of the Ashanti Region.
For instance, addressing party faithful at Akomadan, Mr. Mahama, who lost power in 2016 after just a term in office, delivered a promise-laden statement to his audience.
Setting the tone, the NDC flag bearer promised to introduce a “work and pay” system so as to help better the lives of okada riders, should he be voted back into political office.
“Brand new motorcycles with helmets would be purchased and given to okada riders in the country to operate on work and pay basis to help improve their standards of living,” he said.
Mr. Mahama also promised to set up a tomato factory at Akomadan to support the tomato farmers, saying “Akomadan and the surrounding communities have a lot of tomato farmers and to help improve their work, a tomato factory will be constructed here by my government.”
Again, the NDC presidential candidate said the NDC would introduce National Apprenticeship Programme to help provide skills training and work for school dropouts, saying “government will pay for people to get trained for free as apprentices in hair dressing, car mechanic, masonry, plumbing and several others.”
Mr. Mahama also promised that his NDC government would provide free materials and equipment to set up these apprentices after their training.
He said it was unacceptable for the country to look on unconcerned for the lives of school dropouts to go waste, adding that his administration would spread wealth across the state.
Mr. Mahama indicated that he had better plans like the ‘Big Push’ to transform the country more than the other presidential aspirants; therefore, the electorates should cast their ballots for him.
According to him, the country will be saved from its current state of hopelessness, which has come about due to bad management by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Mahama appealed passionately to the electorates to cast their ballots for him and all the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidates to restore hope for the state.
Interestingly, reports monitored by the paper indicated that Mr. Mahama gave different ‘juicy’ promises wherever he addressed the people for votes during his Ashanti Regional tour.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi