The New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Presidential Candidate for the 2016 general elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, has
reiterated his commitment to boosting
agriculture with a promise to transform
the cashew sector into a major cash crop and foreign exchange earner, should he
Nana Addo promised, among others,
to establish a Cashew Marketing Board to regulate the industry just as it is
done for cocoa to give farmers the best prices in order to improve their
livelihood. Nana Addo’s promise comes at a time when cashew farmers are unhappy
with government over a decision by the Trade Ministry to place a temporary ban
on the exportation of cashew nuts.
He was speaking during a courtesy
call on the Chiefs and people of Suma Ahenkro, in the Jaman North constituency
of the Brong Ahafo Region, as they celebrated the Akwantu Kese festival. Additionally,
Nana Akufo-Addo appealed for the support of the people of Suma Ahenkro ahead of
the November elections this year.
“I’ve come to appeal to you to
trust and have confidence in me. The change we seek to bring is a change that
will affect positively all parts of the country without discrimination. Suma
Ahenkro is going to benefit strongly from an Akufo-Addo government. I assure
you that I will not disappoint you. The trust you put in me, I will not
Nana Akufo-Addo, who was the
special guest of honour at the Adinkra durbar, the first of its kind which
commemorates the Adinkra symbol, was accompanied by national and regional party
stalwarts, including the National Women’s Organiser of the NPP, Otiko Afisa
Djaba; former presidential aspirant and former Minister of Trade, Industry and
PSIs, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen; and NPP Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh.
The colourful durbar was also
attended by Nana Kwasi Adinkra Agyemang, the Gyamanhene, who resides in the
Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, as well as eminent traditional rulers in Ghana and
In his brief remarks to the
gathering, Odeneho Dr. Afram Brempong III, the Paramount Chief of the Suma
Traditional Area, thanked the NPP flagbearer for gracing the durbar, held to
commemorate the journey centuries ago, by the people of Suma from Akwamu to
their current settlement.
With barely 8 months to the
general elections, Odeneho Dr. Afram Brempong III called for peaceful polls,
and a level playing field for all political parties so the outcome of the
election will be readily accepted by all.
He also appealed to the NPP
flagbearer, should he be elected President in this year’s election, to help
establish an International Adinkra Village in Suma Ahenkro to boost tourism,
and also set up a satellite campus of the University of Energy and Natural
Resources in Suma Ahenkro.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who addressed
the gathering in impeccable French, for the benefit of the Ivorian
participants, and in Twi, thanked the organisers of the festival for the honour
done him by the invitation. He assured the chief that the NPP, as a peaceful
party with a proven track record, will continue to act for peace in the conduct
of the elections.
He assured the paramount chief
and the people of Suma Ahenkro that the requests put forward by the Chief will
be given serious consideration since they were progressive ideas, should the
people of Ghana entrust the mantle of leadership in his hands in this year’s