Vice President John Mahama
The Vice President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has stated that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has delivered on its promises it made to the people of Ghana, hence has a strong campaign message than its opponents in the 2012 elections.
According to him, in all aspects of the Ghanaian economy such as health, education, agriculture among others, Atta Mills-led administration is delivering on its promises hence the NDC is emboldened to embark on a national campaign towards retaining power with confidence.
Vice President Mahama made the remarks when he cut the sod for the construction of the Sawla-Damongo –Fufulso road which had virtually been a budget promise for various governments of the country since independence.
According to the Vice President, who had been on a two-day working visit to some communities in the Northern Region commissioning electricity projects, the NDC upon assumption of power made it a priority to improve the lives of the people of Ghana and they have not departed from it.
“I have been to places where chiefs and people ask me are your DCEs etc receiving the same amount that previous DCEs in the NPP administration were receiving, because the development that they have witnessed in the past three years is amazing?” Mahama claimed.
According to him, his reply is “the vision and its bearer make the difference and the NDC is committed to the people of Ghana.”
In an address at Larebanga where he cut the sod for the road project which is going to be in two lots, the Vice President recalled how he had made a pledge to the Overlord of the Gonjas, Tutumba Borisa I, if the road does not see any construction the NDC will not come and campaign in the area.
He continued by appreciating the personal attachment the President, Professor John Mills, gave to the project and at a point in time sending him on assignment to a meeting with the board of directors of the African Development Fund which culminated in the board committing the funding to the project.
He explained that the NDC is minded by the fact that the re-construction of the road will have enormous economic benefits hence its connection with the vision of SADA.
The $170 million Sawla-Fulfulso road is being sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and executed by the China International Water and Electric Corporation, and expected to be completed within three years.
As part of the road project, the contractors would also build and rehabilitate schools, health centers, lorry parks and markets in communities along the road, whilst also providing facilities for potable water for them.