The presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said if given the nod in the December 7 general election, his presidency will ensure that the school-feeding programme is extended to all basic schools in the country.
He said the programme, currently being implemented on a pilot basis, would form part of his strategy to encourage more Ghanaians to access education.
Addressing a mini-durbar at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Junction in Kumasi yesterday, Nana Akufo-Addo, said in view of the importance of literacy in national development he would make education the cornerstone of his development agenda.
After he had been introduced by President J.A. Kufuor at the rally, Nana Akufo-Addo told the party faithful that a critical study of the development experience of countries such Singapore and Korea clearly indicated that literacy and education were some of the factors which were responsible for their economic growth and achievement.
Before introducing his running mate, Dr Bawumia, Nana Akufo-Addo asked the electorate to give him their mandate in the December 7 general election since his candidature represented the brightest opportunity and future of the country and the people.
Earlier, President J.A. Kufuor had introduced Nana Akufo-Addo to the party faithful and a section of residents of Ayigya, and asked them to vote massively for the candidate in the forthcoming elections.
The President said the Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia ticket was a winning team, and asked the electorate to ensure that the December 7 election would be a one-touch win for Nana Akufo-Addo.
Other speakers at the rally were Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Mr Alan Kyeremanteng and Mr Kwabena Agyepong, who underscored the need for the electorate to vote for the NPP for a better future.
They said the necessary foundation had been laid by the Kufuor Administration, and there was the need for the ruling party to build on it.
On Wednesday, President Kufuor introduced Nana Akufo-Addo at mini rallies at Subin, Bantama, Kwadaso and Asafo.
At all the rallies, party faithful and a section of the residents of Kumasi gave the entourage a rousing welcome.