President John Dramani Mahama kicked off his re-election campaign on Tuesday, promising accelerated development for the Western Region in his next term.
Urging the people of the region to continue to have faith in him, he said his government had laid a solid foundation for massive socio-economic development from 2017 and the Western Region would have its share.
President Mahama was addressing separate events at Axim, Abura and Agona Nkwanta.
The arrival of the President at Axim was characterised by a carnival reminiscent of his 2012 campaign tours.
At Axim, he spoke to the fishing community while he addressed supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at whistle stops at Agona Nkwanta and Abura in the Ahanta West Constituency.
President Mahama will spend four days in the region to canvass for votes.
President Mahama said the region had benefitted from many socio-economic infrastructure projects in his first term, which had provided a solid foundation for massive development.
The President who is seeking a second term said during his 2012 election campaign, he realised roads in the Western Region were not good so he promised that when he was elected President, his government would invest heavily in the road sector of the region.
Today, he said, the Western region was the biggest beneficiary of the cocoa roads programme.
In health, education, water, electricity and other sectors, the President said appreciable work had been done in the region.
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Reject the lies
He urged the people of the region to reject lies being spread about him and his government by the opposition.
Speaking in a mixture of Fante and Twi, the President said just recently the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was in the Western Region claiming that he did not see any good roads in the region.
Expressing disappointment about that statement, the President said, "Probably he was sleeping."
Four more years
President Mahama said based on the work the government had done, it was natural that he was given the mandate to put on the superstructure.
He expressed the hope that Ghanaians would give the NDC another four years to complete the work the government had started.
The President said the NDC government’s commitment to the fishing industry was unquestionable.
He told the fisherfolks that more was in the pipeline to improve their work.
In the Ahanta West Constituency, he introduced the NDC parliamentary aspirant for the constituency, Mr George Aboagye to the gathering and urged the people to vote massively for him in the December election.
At Axim, the NDC parliamentary aspirant, Mr Kwaku Tanikyi was also introduced.