Ghana’s Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has told the chiefs and people of Dagbon in the Northern Region, to pay their debt of gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, under whose tenure peace was restored to the area, by voting for him in the 2020 general elections.
Speaking at the 23rd Annual Quranic Commentary ceremony in Tamale organised by the Bambawiya Islamic Institute over the weekend, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia thanked Allah for restoring peace to the Dagbon traditional area, stating that age-long Abudu-Andani rivalry is now history.
He said: “I basically told them that Dagbon owes Nana Akufo-Addo a big debt of gratitude and that debt of gratitude should be paid in 2020 when Nana Akufo-Addo is seeking re-election”.
“He [Akufo-Addo] gave us peace after 40 years of turmoil; the least we can do is to give him four more years as payment and thankfulness for what he has done to bring peace to Dagbon.”
Dr Bawumia urged the chiefs and people of Dagbon not to be swayed by the promises of other political parties.
“For the people of Dagbon, we will say to them: they should relax and come in 2024 for consideration but for 2020, it’s for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to repay him for what he has done for the people of Dagbon. Even the people of Savanna will thank him for the new region and the people of North East will also thank him for the region”.
Dr Bawumia reiterated the government’s assurance that by the end of December 2019, all the ambulances procured for the one constituency, one ambulance intervention under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, will arrive in the country.
He said the Akufo-Addo-NPP government is investing USD750 million to build the Pwalugu dam, the largest investment any government has made in the north, according to Dr Bawumia, since independence. This, he added, would provide irrigation, flood control systems and electricity to the people of the area. He said construction of the Tamale interchange; the Tamale airport project and a sports stadium for the military in Tamale are all the fruits of the peace taking roots in the area.