The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, while addressing supporters at Atimpoku on Friday as a phase of his four-day campaign tour of the Eastern Region,says it is still not too late for President Akufo-Addo to accept his challenge for a presidential debate in advance of the December 7, 2020 general elections. He additionally said that a presidential debate will help settle problems pertaining to the track record of both parties.
The president and his crew have noticeably refused to accept the invitations even though Mr Mahama has extended invitations to the president for a debate on numerous occasions to deepen Ghana’s democracy and assist electorates make knowledgeable choices in the December election.
He also said that the ongoing construction of the Tema-Akosombo railway line is a product of the Mahama administration, following an agreement that he personally arranged / negotiated with the Government of India.
“When we were in government, I traveled to India to meet the Prime Minister to get him to help us construct the railway line from Tema to Akosombo to ease the congestion on our roads, and the agreement was signed and funding secured. But the project did not start until we left office.
“And that is why the debate between myself and president Akufo-Addo is important to settle all these issues but they said they won’t come; it is still not too late for him to accept to debate me”, he said.
To mark the National Farmers Day, Mr. Mahama wished all farmers well and gave them his word to transform the agriculture sector when he is elected as the next president in the December election.
He also said that the subsequent NDC government will revive the Akosombo textile industry to help in creating more jobs and increasing the economy of the locals.
In order for the NDC government to implement Free Primary Healthcare as well as Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Free T-VET) and state-sponsored National Apprenticeship Programme to empower the youth with employable skills, Mr Mahama, therefore, urged electorates to vote for him and NDC parliamentary candidates in the December 7, 2020, general elections.
Story by Quansah Henry