The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has discredited governments claims of expanding the component of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme targeting poor households with pregnant women and women with children under 12 months old.
The objective of LEAP is to enable the poorest families in Ghana to better meet their basic needs, prioritize health, enroll children in school and improve their attendance, increase savings and also work and invest more to pull themselves out of poverty.
"I join the President to celebrate with his sixteen "success" stories. Unfortunately, their stories do not constitute the reality that is present day Ghana. For every LEAP beneficiary that allegedly now has ten pigs, I can point to ten hardworking individuals whose businesses have collapsed due to the unfavourable economic conditions."
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Presenting a speech in Accra on Monday February 29, 2016 in an address dubbed 'The Real State of the Nation Address', Nana Addo noted that important group of beneficiaries which President Mahama omitted during the State of the nation address of the NDC government over the last 8 years are: Alfred Woyome and other beneficiaries of the ‘create, loot and share’ judgement debt brigade, the beneficiaries of looting the SADA guinea fowl and tree planting schemes, the beneficiaries of the looting of the GYEEDA schemes and the beneficiaries of the looting of the Smartty’s bus rebranding scheme.
Nana Addo believes the real state of Ghana is that of a nation in crisis.
He said, "Everywhere I go, millions of Ghanaians wake up each day to the soul-destroying reality of joblessness. President Mahama gave no indication whatsoever he was aware of the enormity of the unemployment problem that faces our country."
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Nana Addo added; the NPP when voted to power will deepen financial sector reforms with the objective to establishing Ghana as a leading financial hub in Africa.