Tuesday, September 23, 2008


ALL is set for the launch of the manifesto of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Centre for National Culture (CNC) in Kumasi today.
The spacious CNC hall is bedecked with NPP colours and the atmosphere is charged up for the main event.
The presidential aspirant of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who had been in the region over the past 10 days campaigning, would be in attendance.
His running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, would also be present.
The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr Sam Cudjoe, yesterday told the Daily Graphic that everything had been put in place to enable the large numbers of party faithful who would witness the occasion to have a real feel of Ashanti hospitality.
The event, which is expected to formally put forward the party's vision for the nation, would be attended by the party’s bigwigs and representatives from all constituencies, including foreign branches.
It was not known who would do the actual launch. However, while some say it would be the Vice-President, Aliu Mahama, others said it would be the party’s National Chairman, Mr Peter Mac Manu.
President John Agyekum Kufuor would not be present, because he is out of the country.
Already in Kumasi are the national executive of the party who are putting their heads together with the regional executive in readiness for the event.
Even though Nana Akufo-Addo had been telling the electorate what the nation should expect from his government when he becomes President, the detailed vision of his party would be laid bare today.
Party insiders said the manifesto would definitely touch on how the next NPP government would advance such key programmes as the National Health Insurance Scheme, the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme.
It would also touch on agriculture, sports, infrastructure, security, good governance, the rule of law and many other important areas of national development, and also spell out how these would bring improvement in those areas.

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