Story by: Sheila Satori Mensa
Traders at the Odawna Pedestrian Shopping Mall in the Klottey Korley Constituency of the Greater Accra region have declared their total support for another term for President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the upcoming general elections.
This is to enable the NPP governmwnt to do more for the country, stating that the many social intervention policies implemented by the Akufo-Addo administration has significantly reduced their economic woes and put them in a better position to save for the future.
Market Queen of the Odawna Shopping Mall Madam Bernice Owusu, popularly called Sister Esi made the declaration when the First lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo paid a working visit to the Mall as part of her tour of the Klottey Korley Constituency to canvass votes for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Klottey Korle, Lawyer Prince Debrah.
Speaking to a large crowd at the market to welcome the First Lady and her entourage, Sister Esi said the NPP government has over the years shown that it cares about the welfare of Traders and continues to implement policies that inure to their benefit.
Adding that, it was an NPP administration under President J. A. Kufuor that constructed the Odawna Pedestrian Market for them and since then it is only under the administration of another NPP government that the Market is witnessing some improvement in terms of expansion and provision of social infrastructure to make their lives comfortable.
The government according to her has constructed a huge drain (530 meters) just behind the market to stop the perennial flooding in the rainy seasons which has brought them relief.
Furthermore, government is expanding their market with the construction of 400 sheds, a 40 seater toilet facility and a bathhouse with 20 cubicles.
Sister Esi acknowledged that beside all these projects, the Free SHS, NABCO, resumption of payment of nursing and teacher trainee allowance, and the free water and electricity given during the COVID-19 lockdown period and till enjoying them shows how Akufo-Addo government cares about the ordinary Ghanaians.
“All these are indicative of how much the Akufo-Addo government cares for our welfare”, she acclaimed.
Based on this, she promised the First Lady that, they will surely reciprocate this gesture on December 7th,2020 at their respective polling station centres.
Responding to the Queen Mother words, the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo expressed her gratitude was very happy that the traders have seen the good works of her husband, President Akufo-Addo and are willing to give him a second term to continue with his good work and policies.
Therefore promised the traders of even better days ahead stating that with the completion of the digital process, especially the National I.D system, traders will soon be able to secure collateral-free loans from their banks to expand their businesses and pay their bulk rent advances all of which will better their lives.
And urged the Traders to vote massively for President Akufo-Addo to guarantee their sound future and that of their children.
Also present at the gathering was the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Klottey Korley, Lawyer Prince Debrah, Ambassador to India, H.E. Mike O’Quaye Jnr., MCE for Klottey Korley, Nii Adjei Tawiah, National Treasurer of the NPP, Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah and other government and Party officials.
The First Lady also met with commercial drivers, traders and Party faithfulls at the Kinkawe Tema Station to court their votes for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP and listen to their concerns if any,
She however advised them not to be complacent in the up-coming elections but rather, go all out and vote for the NPP in both Presidential and Parliamentary elections to ensure not only victory, but also an increase in the Party’s representation in Parliament.
In her interaction with all the gatherings, Mrs. Akufo-Addo advised them to continue observing the Covid-19 safety protocols especially the wearing of masks and washing of hands, warning that with some countries especially in Europe experiencing an up-surge in infection rates and going back into lock-down, it is only proper that we continue to protect ourselves in order prevent such inconveniences and the hardships that come along with them.