Don’t make outrageous promises – Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has cautioned political parties to stop making outrageous campaign promises which cannot be fulfilled.

He said such wild promises made to the people for their votes breed mistrust which is not healthy for the growth of democracy.

Former President Rawlings was speaking at separate inauguration ceremonies of nurses quarters and six classrooms blocks, with a computer laboratory at Agona Kwanyako and Agona Nsaba on Friday.

The two projects estimated at GH¢225,000, were financed through the efforts of Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, National Security Advisor to President John Evans Atta Mills.

Former President Rawlings also warned the ruling party not to use violent means to retain power but rather ensure free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections to promote the nation’s democracy.

He asked the Government to continue to improve its socio-economic development programme to convince Ghanaians to return it to power.

He also cautioned the opposition not to think of using crude ways to capture power because that would not be tolerated by Ghanaians.

Former President Rawlings appealed to Ghanaians adopt family planning to enable them have the number of children their finances could support.

Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah appealed to former President Rawlings to join the upcoming electioneering campaign to enable National Democratic Congress (NDC) to retain power.

He said he solicited funds from National Lottery Authority, GETFUND and Mr Jamire Jahata, a Lebanese businessman, to complete the two projects.

Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah praised Mr Kweku Botwe, Managing Director of Ghana Water Company, for the swift manner in which the company connected water to the nurses’ quarters at Agona Kwanyako.

Nana Ampim Darko V, Kyidomhene of Nyakrom and Kwanyakohene, appealed to the Government to provide means of transport and laboratory to the health Centre to function properly.

He therefore asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) to upgrade the health Centre to the status of a District Hospital to enable it handle bigger cases instead of referring them to the Agona Swedru Government hospital.

Source: GNA

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