The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will extend support services and opportunities enjoyed by cocoa farmers to farmers in the north under its Northern Development Authority to help modernize agriculture and enhance the economic fortunes of the people.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the NPP, said farmers in the north would be provided with incentive packages including agricultural machinery, inputs, fertilizers and credit facility to help boost maize and rice production.
These would complement other initiatives such as the National Youth Employment Programme to create more jobs for young people.
Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing supporters of the NPP in some communities in the Sissala South Area of the Wa East District as part of his “Listening tour” of the Upper West Region.
He said under the previous NPP administration, the then government gave incentive packages to cocoa farmers and the same would be done to northern farmers if given the mandate.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the Northern Development Authority would provide good roads in the north to facilitate movement of goods and services and open up the hinterlands to the urban areas to promote trade.
He appealed to the people to turn out in their numbers to register when the Electoral Commission comes out to implement the biometric registration exercise to qualify them to vote and choose a government of their choice.
He said good government or bad government should be decided by the thumb and nothing more than that and pleaded with Ghanaians to use their thumbs wisely.
On education, he said many children had dropped out of school because either their parents had died or their guardians had died and that the NPP would makeSenior High School free for all children if given the mandate in the 2012 elections.
The Elders of Funsi appealed to NPP to build a bridge over the Kulun River and work on the Bulenga-Yala – Kundungu road as well as Choggu-Funsi road to integrate the district if it came to power.
At Sombisi, the people also pleaded with NPP to help extend communication network service to their area and provide them with small scale dam for dry season farming and livestock production.
The tour took Nana Akufo-Addo to Funsi, Jumo, Buffiama, Yala No. 2, Yala No.1 Kundungu and Sombisi. GNA