Presidential aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sylvester Mensah, has told delegates of the party that he will ensure that the challenges that caused dissatisfaction among party members ahead of the 2016 elections, do not recur.
Speaking on Point Blank on Eyewitness News, Sylvester Mensah promised that as President, he will ensure that job opportunities are created for all Ghanaians, including members of the party.
According to him, a number of Ghanaian youth have been left without jobs despite several promises to offer them employment opportunities, something he is committed to addressing if given the nod to lead the country.
“We’ll ensure that every party member, every Ghanaian; every party member who’s a Ghanaian that we’ll create the necessary opportunities for jobs; so that party members and Ghanaians alike will have jobs to do. What is critical is to create jobs. We have a mass of people who are untrained, who are unemployed and whose energies can be directed into something productive for this country”.
“We need to go into the textile and garment industry which has the capacity to engage millions of Ghanaians to ensure that most of our members who are untrained get jobs to do. We need to create other jobs that will also ensure that the learned, trained and talented have jobs to do. “
The former NHIA boss added that efforts have been made by his team to reconnect the top hierarchy of the party to the grassroots, while assurances have been made that party members will not be sidelined, a situation he believes was a major factor for the NDC’s defeat in 2016.
“We will reward party members. We will ensure that the level of dissatisfaction that we’ve suffered in the past and the expectations that party members have had that have not been met that led to the inertia in our defeat in 2016, will not recur.
“We have tried in our engagements to go through some of the difficulties that led to the kind of dissatisfaction, and we’ve given assurances that those will never recur under my leadership as flagbearer and President.”
Sylvester Mensah is one of seven persons contesting for the party’s presidential ticket and will be fourth on the ballot after balloting at the NDC’s headquarters last Wednesday.