The running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised that under an Nana Akufo-Addo government, there would be a revamping of the Tema industrial sector to stimulate industrialization that will produce the needed jobs and prosperity for the people.
“When Tema is suffering, it means Ghana is suffering because Tema is really the heartbeat of the Ghanaian economy… The Port is very key, the fishing activities, the industries, the businesses are very key to the Ghanaian economy and this is why we have some major things we want to do to make the Port for example a first class Port to really do globally competitive business. Our import duties are also too high, way too high” he noted.
The economist said this when he visited the Tema Mantse, Nii Adjetey Kraku II, where he underlined the importance of Tema to the Ghanaian economy.
Tema Mantse, Nii Adjetey Kraku II
Dr. Bawumia said the NPP will initiate several growth boosting policies that will greatly benefit the business community and workers to improve their lives.
Dr. Bawumia, who began a two-day tour of the three Tema constituencies, Tema East, Tema West and Tema Central on (Friday), said “Our message to the people of Tema is simple and it is that Nana Akufo-Addo wants to really rebuild the economy of Ghana. So far, we have seen the economy going backwards. The fishing community is suffering, workers are suffering; traders are suffering, the business community is suffering; that is the reality of what we have in Ghana today.”
According to Dr. Bawumia, there is the need to revamp the economy because it has stagnated under the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and this has led to massive unemployment and decline in businesses.
“We want to build an economy which will produce jobs for our youth; a lot of the youth are finishing school today and they cannot find jobs because the economy is not growing – manufacturing is growing at minus 2% and agriculture is growing at 0% and so we really need to revamp the economy and this is our message to the people of Tema”
“An NPP government will institute major policies that will revamp Tema. Tema may be the first major beneficiary of some of the policies because if you revamp the ports, you change the import duty structure and give incentives for people to hire the youth, Tema will feel it quicker than anywhere else and this is why we are here,” he stated.
The Tema Mantse, Nii Kraku II, commended Dr. Bawumia for respecting the Tema Traditional Authority and for seeking its blessings before proceeding to campaign, wishing the NPP well.
Dr. Bawumia was accompanied by the three NPP Parliamentary Candidates in Tema, Titus Glover, MP and candidate for Tema East; Kofi Brako, MP and candidate for Tema Central; and Carlos Ahenkorah, Tema West.
By: Awudu Mahama/election.citifmonline.com/Ghana