We will bring back Atuabo free port project – Mahama

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The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, (NDC), Mr John Dramani
Mahama, has reiterated his commitment to resurrect the Atuabo Free Port Project when
the NDC wins the December 7 general elections.

The $700 million free port project was to be constructed by Lonhro Port Limited and
operational by 2017 to serve as a regional hub in promoting safe, effective and efficient
offshore businesses.

But some Members of Parliament of the then opposition New Patriotic
Party (NPP) took the Mahama government to court to halt the project.

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Addressing the Chiefs and people of Nkroful in the Elembele constituency on Wednesday, as
part of his five-day campaign tour of the Western Region, Mr Mahama maintained that the
Atuabo Free Port Project, which his government planned for Western and Eastern Nzema,
was to help create jobs for the youth as well as enable Ghana derive maximum benefits
from its oil find.

“We planned building free port at Atuabo. Unfortunately, there was misunderstanding; our
brothers from other political divide took the project to court, stalled it till we left office and
they have completely discarded the idea since they took over power,” former President
Mahama said.

He was however hopeful that the NDC will win this year’s general elections and make the
project a top priority to create decent and sustainable jobs for the people.

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Mr Mahama said one of the key areas the next NDC government will focus on will be job
creation, adding this will address the unemployment and hardship confronting Ghanaians.

He said his commitment to implementing Free Technical and Vocational Education and
Training (T-VET) as well as state-sponsored National Apprenticeship Programme to equip
the youth with employable skills is unwavering.

Mr Mahama also said legalise and regulate okada business so that okada riders can go about their businesses legally and safely.

He said to ensure universal access to healthcare and to remove cost as a barrier to
healthcare, he will implement a Free Primary Healthcare policy that will deliver free access
to healthcare at all district hospitals, polyclinics, health centres and CHPS compounds.

Mr Mahama said the policy will ensure that the remaining 60 per cent of Ghanaians who are
not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme because cost is a barrier under the
scheme will get free access to healthcare.

On mining, he pointed out that the next NDC government will streamline the mining
industry to enable the youth take part in responsible community mining under the guidance
of a Gold Board.

This, he noted, will also help create jobs for the youth.Speaking on the recent balloting by the Electoral Commission, the NDC presidential candidate explained that the second position on the ballot paper is a sign of victory for the NDC in the upcoming general elections.

Mr Mahama has therefore urged electorates to look out for the number 2 possition on the
ballot paper and vote for the NDC to help create prosperity for all Ghanaians.


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