Market queens in the Ablekuma North constituency of the Greater Accra Region have declared their support for the New Patriotic Party’s campaign for re-election in the upcoming general elections.
They declared the support when the First Lady, Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, paid a working visit to the constituency on Friday as part of her campaign tour of the region to garner support for the government ahead of the elections.
She visited the Kokompe, Odorkor and Malam markets to interact with the traders and seek their votes for the NPP. She also attended a mini-rally at Kwashieman Park, where she charged party supporters to go all out and convince the electorate to vote massively for the NPP.
The Queen for Mallam market, Elizabeth Naa Namle Lamptey, was full of praise for the First Lady whom she tagged as a ‘mother for all’.
She said the First Lady has honoured her promise, by visiting them after assuring them before the 2016 elections that she would be there.
“During the 2016 elections, the First Lady came here and spoke with us, and promised to return and today she is here. We welcome you here, our mother for all,” she said.
Madam Lamptey appealed for the establishment of sheds for the traders who are currently exposed to the sun and rain due to the lack of proper shelter.
The Odorkor Market Queen, known as Aunty Korkor, commended Mrs Akufo-Addo for supporting the activities of the market women.
“So, for us at the Odorkor market, we know that if we keep the NPP government in power, our country will change for good, so our support is for the NPP,” she assured.
The chairman of the Spare Parts Dealers Association at Kokompe Market, Nana Aseidu, appealed for financial support for the traders.
“What we lack in this market are funds, so we want the First Lady to let the President know that we need financial support,” he added.
Mrs Akufo-Addo recounted the numerous policies introduced by the NPP government to improve the living condition of Ghanaians.
She noted that the government’s flagship programmes, such as Free SHS, One District, One Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs and NABCO, are impacting positively on the lives of Ghanaians.
“Right now, Free SHS has helped Ghanaians, and a lot of people are benefiting. The government has also established… factories all over Ghana, which are creating jobs for citizens. NABCO has also come to address the issue of youth unemployment,” she said.
With two months to the general elections, Mrs Akufo-Addo urged the electorate to vote and keep the NPP in power for the continuation of the good works they have started.
Touching on the concerns raised by the traders at the various markets, the First Lady indicated that their concerns will be sent to the appropriate authorities for swift redress.
“I know the issue of funds is a major challenge for traders here, and you are yet to receive the Covid-19 stimulus package, but I can assure you that we are working hard so that you can also access it to support your business,” she assured.
Mrs Akufo Addo also noted that their challenge of bad roads and shelter for the market women will be addressed soon.