The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr John Dramani Mahama, has assured Ghanaians that the Government has made available financial and logistical support necessary to ensure free, fair and transparent general elections in 2012.
He said the 2012 elections are very crucial in deepening not only the democratic credentials of the country but also sustaining the peace, stability and security of the country hence the commitment.
Mr Mahama said this in a speech read for him by Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, Minister for Education, in Tamale last Saturday during the closing ceremony of the four-day Northern Regional Policy Fair which opened last Wednesday December 14th to showcase the programmes and activities of the Government to the people.
The fair attracted people from all walks of life with various exhibitions displayed from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies on the theme: “Empowering the people as we build a Better Ghana”.
The Vice President appealed to politicians, the Media, the Youth and chiefs who he said are the major stakeholders upon whom the successes of the 2012 elections will depend.
Touching on development, the Vice President emphasised that the Government has done a lot in the areas of education, health, agriculture, rural electrification, water and sanitation, stressing that, “There is an imperative and logical need to return the National Democratic Congress to power in 2012 to continue and complete the massive developmental initiatives”.
Mr Mahama said the exhibitions have demonstrated how transparent and accountable the Government has been in fulfilling its promise to the people in the provision of free school uniforms, eradicating schools under trees, infrastructural development among others.
Mr John Tia Akologu, Minister for Information, called on the Media to bridge the information gap by presenting facts and accurate information to the people especially, those in the rural areas because “doing so is in fulfillment of our core mandate of feeding the people with true, accurate and reliable information”.
He noted that the adequate pictorial and photographic presentation of projects at the exhibitions is a pointer that the Government is delivering on its Better Ghana Agenda.