The Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, says the significant amount of work undertaken by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, requires that the Ghanaian people repose their confidence in him, once again, and vote massively for him in the 2020 elections.
Addressing traders at the Kaneshie Market, on Tuesday, 24th November 2020, as part of the President’s tour of the Greater Accra Region, Alan Kyerematen told the gathering that the President has delivered on the majority of promises made in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
“If you have been in Government before, and you are seeking another mandate from the people, what we have to ask you is when you were coming, what were the promises you made. It is based upon this that you would be asked to give account for your stewardship,” he said.
The Trade Minister continued, “I was with Nana Addo during the entire 2016 campaign season. If you remember, he said that if given the mantle of leadership, he would introduce Free SHS has the promise been delivered or not?”, to which the massive crowd at the market retorted “it has been fulfilled.”
Touching on the reduction of unemployment, Alan Kyerematen noted that the introduction of programmes such as the programme For Planting for Food and Jobs, 1-District-1-Factory, and NABCO have reduced considerably the unemployment rate in the country.
Indeed, the latest Ghana Living Standards Survey states that the rate of unemployment, which stood at 11.9% in 2015, dropped to 7.3% in 2019.
“We realized that not everyone was into business, as some were teachers and nurses whose allowances had been scrapped. Nana Akufo-Addo promised to restore the allowances that were scrapped by the Mahama Government.
“The allowances for teachers and nurses which was scrapped have also been restored,” the Minister added.
The second term of President Akufo-Addo, according to Alan Kyerematen, will witness a consolidation of the gains chalked between 2017 and 2020, assuring prospective beneficiaries of the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Support Programme (CAPBuSS) that “we have now got the formula so if you give us another mandate the money will come and it will be evenly distributed for everyone to work with.”
In view of these, Alan Kyerematen stressed that “all that I am saying is that look at the stellar performance of President Akufo-Addo, and vote for him so that, in the next four years, he can do more for you”.