Alan Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade and Industry, says the significant work undertaken by President Akufo-Addo requires that the Ghanaian people repose their confidence in him, once again, and vote overwhelmingly in favour of him in the 2020 elections.
Addressing traders at Kaneshie Market, on Tuesday 24 November 2020 during the president’s tour of the Greater Accra Region, Kyerematen told the gathering that Akufo-Addo has delivered on most of the promises he 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.
Kyerematen said: “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?”
The huge crowd at the market replied: “It has been fulfilled.”
Touching on the reduction in unemployment, Alan Kyerematen noted that the introduction of programmes such as the For Planting for Food and Jobs programme, One District, One Factory and the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) have reduced the national unemployment rate considerably.
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 realised 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 were scrapped have also been restored,” Kyerematen said.
President Akufo-Addo’s second term will witness a consolidation of the gains achieved between 2017 and 2020, Kyerematen said.
He assured prospective beneficiaries of the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Support Programme (CAPBuSS): “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, Kyerematen stressed: “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.”