The Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has called on members of the newly inaugurated Upper East Regional New Patriotic Party (NPP) Campaign Team to work hard to ensure victory for the party in the 2020 December polls.
He equally told the members to ensure that the NPP parliamentary seats in the Region were increased above the current three seats that the party had out of the 15 seats in the Region.
Dr Abdul-Hamid made the call during the inauguration of the NPP Campaign Team at Bolgatanga on Tuesday August 18, 2020.
The Team which has as its Chairman, Mr Anthony Namoo and other prominent party members in the Region like the Upper East Regional Minister, Ms Tangoba Abayage and the Deputy Attorney General and MP for Tempane, Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka was tasked with the responsibility of increasing the fortunes of the party in the December 2020 general elections.
According to the Zongo Development Minister who swore-in the campaign team members, they were expected to come out with an effective strategy to turn the fortunes of the party in the Region around in the December polls.
He noted that “as a region, the kind of developments that has over the years been carried out by former President John Agyekum Kufuor and currently President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo does not reflect the kind of output we are getting in the election results”.
Dr Abdul-Hamid therefore pointed out that “considering the fact that in the Nana Akufo-Addo’s government the three parliamentarians who occupy the three out of the 15 seats in the Region have been made Ministers of State, then we ought to work even harder in the 2020 elections”.
A section of the campaign team members
He further explained that the facts were clear for everyone to see about the good works of the NPP “and often times people accuse the NPP of not being good at communicating its achievements to the electorate.”
“That is also because we have done so much that sometimes when you stand in public to tell people about the achievements, there is a tendency for you to forget about some of them only to remember them after you have finished talking about them” he observed.
Dr Abdul-Hamid urged the party faithful to be “proud of being in the NPP, a party that has distinguished itself in developing the country”.
He said the John Mahama administration had failed Ghanaians woefully such that in the mind of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate he still thinks Nana Akufo-Addo had been in power for eight years because the NPP government’s achievement within three years was unbelievable.
“We want a transformational leader and not a maintenance leader because with a maintenance Leader he will only maintain what he came to inherit and not to change anything for the betterment of Ghanaians,” the Zongo Development Minister stressed.
Ms Abayage who is also the Parliamentary Candidate for the NPP in Navrongo Central said the party in the Region would campaign based on its massive achievements in the various sectors like roads, health, infrastructure and social interventions among others.
She stated that the party would take the campaign to the various constituencies based on the party’s achievements.
Ms Abayage said for instance that while it took NDC eight years to fix only ten percent of the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road, it took the NPP regime only three years to complete about 50 percent of the road.
She mentioned other roads like the Bolgatanga-Naaga and Navrongo-Naaga roads as well as the ongoing installation of new streetlights from Winkogo to Sumbrungu as a feather in the cap of the NPP government.
“Whether NDC likes it or not we have performed far better than them and the Nana Akufo-Addo led government has been magnanimous with development projects in this Region” she pointed out.
The event was attended by other government functionaries, the regional council of Elders and patrons as well as Municipal and District Chief Executives.