The governing New Patriotic Party is implementing several programmes aimed at increasing the party’s membership drive and electoral fortunes in the Volta Region.
The NPP’s Volta Regional Organizer, Emmanuel Korsi Bodja, indicated the programmes are also aimed at making the party stronger to support the government deliver on its campaign promises.
“Now we are two in one, the government and the party. Government is fulfilling its promises and the party must also be strong enough to support the government”, he said when speaking to the media after a health walk in Hohoe in the Volta Region.
He explained the health walk is one of the programs which would be used to “test the pulse of the party” to see a true reflection of the party’s loyalty in the various constituencies across the region.
“We don’t want a situation where we would go to the polls and the result wouldn’t speak well for us, then we will start looking for excuses. So we want to test the pulse of the party at every given time to see the strength of the party. If elections are to be held today, what would be the strength of the party.”
He added that the NPP is gradually gaining grounds in the Volta Region, which is identified as the ‘political world bank’ of the NDC, based on participation by residents in the health walk.
“If elections are to be held in the Hohoe constituency today, our performance would be better compared to what we got in 2016”, he said
Mr Bodja assured that government is not relenting on efforts to deliver on its campaign promises, including completion of the Eastern Corridor Road, which influenced an increase in votes for the NPP in the Volta Region in the 2016 general elections.
“We are delivering on our promises, Free SHS, NACOB, restoration of teacher and nurse trainee allowances and the rest. I am reliably informed that in two months most of the contractors on the roads would resume work.”
He illustrated that “the Eastern Corridor is not for the NDC, it is for the people of the Volta Region and if I am the regional organizer of the NPP, it is of concern to me that the Eastern Corridor Road should be completed. This initiative was instituted by President Kuffuor, the Mills-Mahama government came in and continued, we must complete it because it is our baby. I believe that the road network would be completed before we go to the polls in 2020.”
The health walk begun at Gbi Wegbe, through the principal streets of Hohoe and climaxed at the St Augustine’s RC Park.
Participants, mostly youth, were seen wielding placard with inscriptions such as “introduction of paperless port transactions”, “building of stadiums in every region”, “creating jobs for unemployed youth”, “Free SHS” among others to exhibit promises the NPP government had delivered on.