General News of Wed, 14 Dec 201623
Criticize me if I'm erring – Akufo-Addo
The president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed for the unflinching support of the membership of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, assuring that his doors will be open to them at all times, as he seeks to build a progressive and prosperous nation.
According to him, “in such an important job as this, I would need the advice of eminent persons like you. You are the traditional rulers of the Ga State. If I do something which is not in order, please do not hesitate to point it out to me. My doors are always open to you. I want all of you to help me so we can do a good job for all Ghanaians.”
Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, when he paid a courtesy call on the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.
It will be recalled that, prior to his campaign tour of the Greater Accra region, in the run-up to the December 7 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, called on the Greater Accra House of Chiefs to elicit support for his candidature.
“The elections have been conducted and, as you know, I emerged victorious. So, I thought it proper to come here again and thank you for your support and for the words of encouragement you offered me. I am truly grateful,” he said.
He continued, “I thank the people of the Greater Accra region for taking the message of the NPP to heart and for voting massively for the NPP. Before the election, we (the NPP) had 14 seats. We now have 21 seats, and I also had 52% of the popular vote in Greater Accra. So as we speak now, the NPP is the majority party in the Greater Accra region. I thank you and the people of Greater Accra for this massive show of support.”
President-Elect Akufo-Addo assured the House that “all the things I said I was going to do for the region in my campaign, I will fulfil it. They were not just campaign or platform talk. Amongst them include the construction of a harbour at Jamestown and landing sites at Teshie.
“We want Ghana to move forward. Kwame Nkrumah referred to us as the Black Star of Africa. The Black Star has to shine for everybody to make it in our country.”
On his part, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the President of the Greater Accra House of Chiefs, thanked Nana Akufo-Addo for the respect and honour shown to the House by his visit.
“You called on us before the election, and you have called on us again after your victory. This shows us that you hold us in high esteem and we thank you for that. Whatever we can do to help your Presidency succeed, we will do it. Ghana must succeed, so we can create a bright future for our children,” he added.
The incoming 1st Lady of the Republic, Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, who accompanied Nana Akufo-Addo to the meeting, also thanked the Chiefs and people of Greater Accra for the massive support given to her husband and the NPP on December 7.
She urged the Chiefs and Queen Mothers of the region to call on her at any time, assuring them of a listening ear, and the fulfilment of the pledges made to the region by the President-Elect on the campaign trail.