The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says, growing the private sector would be made a major thrust of his administration, if voted to lead the nation.
His government would do everything to create the right conditions and environment for businesses to operate optimally and transform the economy.
Speaking in Kumasi as part of his nationwide “Rise and build” tour, he said they would take bold decisions to review the current tax system, introduce business-friendly tax policies and incentives to strengthen the capacity of the sector to create wealth and jobs.
He noted that a vibrant private sector was needed to sustain the economy on the path of real growth and make things better for everybody.
He expressed discomfort with the prevailing state of affairs where people were unable to access basic services – health education and housing due to bad leadership.
Nana Akufo-Addo said there should not be any illusion that given the right leadership “Ghanaians could rise and build a better nation for themselves”.
He gave the assurance that they would not disappoint and would assemble a team of experts to make things work.
Touching on the voters’ register, he repeated the NPP’s position that the roll was bloated and lacked credibility, questioning how a country with a population of 24 million people could have a voter population in excess of 14 million.
Nana Akufo-Addo insisted that a credible electoral roll was vital for the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections.
The NPP, he vowed would continue to protect and grow the country’s democracy and called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to move quickly to replace the discredited register.
He asked the people to give their votes to the NPP in the 2016 elections to restore hope to the faltering economy.
He rallied voters in Ashanti, the party’s stronghold, to vote massively for them – asking for not less than 80 per cent of the votes in the region to propel him to victory.
Mr Allan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a leading member of the party, criticized the Mahama Administration for bad economic policies that were making it impossible for both the public and private sectors to create jobs for the teeming youth.
An NPP government led by Nana Akufo-Addo would tackle the growing joblessness and frustration among the people to improve their living conditions.