Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, an aspiring Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party on Wednesday said he would empower and build the capacity of Ghanaians to make the country dependent on its own resources if elected as President. He backed this vision by demonstrating to newsmen and onlookers, the use of bio-diesel extracted from the "jetropha" plant, and also showed 25 gallons of the product, he personally manufactured from his "jetropha" plantation.Prof Frimpong-Boateng said he has been using the fuel for his vehicles during his campaign tours to canvass support to become the Party's flag bearer.
According to Professor Frimpong-Boateng, he produces 140 litres of bio-diesel daily from his small "jetropha" plantation and believed this could be replicated on a large scale at the national level to drastically cut the country's over dependence on crude oil imports.He said this during an interaction with newsmen at Kaleo after presenting assorted drugs and clinical equipment worth about GH=A212,000 (120 million cedis} to the Islamic Clinic at Wa and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital at Kaleo in the Nadowli district.
He said the donation was his "widow's mite" in support of those who needed medical treatment as a result of the recent floods that caused severe human suffering in the three Northern Regions of the country. On his chances of winning the NPP primaries, he said his chances of being victorious was good, because the delegates were beginning to see the meaning of the elections and were looking up to somebody like him. "We should not just make people leaders because they know how to talk.
I am unique because I have sacrificed to serve the people at the Cardio Thoracic Centre, the Ghana Medical School and as Chief Executive of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital"."My yes is my yes and my no is my no. These are the kind of people who should lead the nation and not people who are good at talking".
Drs Hany Al Hawari and Mohammad Nasilullah Khan of the Islamic Clinic and the Ahmaddiya hospital respectively, thanked the Presidential Aspirant for the donation and promised to put them to good use and wished him success in his Presidential ambition.