3 December 2012

Ghana: 'We Can Do Without Their Better Ghana'

Navrongo — Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says the people of Ghana deserve better than the lies and propaganda that have propelled the government's inactivity in the wake of poverty, squalour and diseases that afflict most of people of Ghana, at a time oil money was supposed to usher in a prosperous society.

At a public lecture at the Navrongo Campus of the University of Development Studies on Thursday, Nana Akufo-Addo said if what was happening in Ghana was President John Dramani Mahama's concept of a Better Ghana, then he and his government had nothing to offer, and should be shown the exit by the power of the thumb on Friday.

"Considering the situation we are faced with, job creation must necessarily be the priority item for any government or party that aspires to govern this nation well. Unfortunately for us, in Ghana, for these past four years, we have been landed with a clueless and cynical NDC government that seeks to exploit the misfortune of youth, and offers no solution to their problems.

He said while the government was crowing about single digit inflation and record-level economic growth, there was no correlation between these lofty economic indicators and job creation, for instance.

"We are being told that the President and his government have achieved their promise of a Better Ghana and that they have been 'working for you.' Really! And is this the result? We are then subjected to the threat that they will 'still pursue' their version of a Better Ghana agenda, if elected for another term of office. Poor Ghana! Mr. President, it is obvious you, your government and party have lost touch with the concerns of the people of this country," Nana Addo stated cheered on by the full house of students.

He told the students that when voted into office, "an Akufo-Addo government will strive to equip our young people with skills that will enable them improve their circumstances. We will present our young people with opportunities that show that there is dignity in labour. We will create job opportunities for all young people, simply because they are Ghanaians, unlike this NDC government, which is only interested in interventions, bankrolled with state money, for its supporters."

Nana Addo told the students that the hard truth was that the size and structure of the economy was not big enough to provide the jobs needed, and that the answer to the problem lay in changing the structure fundamentally, from producing primary products to value-added, by modernising every aspect of society.

"We have to make a deliberate effort to move on from the Guggisburg raw material-exporting economy to a new economy that can deliver prosperity for our people. And this is the path the NPP government hopes to pursue, if by the Grace of God and your votes, we are elected into power on December 7," the NPP presidential candidate told his audience.

"We intend to launch 'A Skills to Build Ghana's Future' programme, through the Council of Technical, Vocational Education Training. Refresher courses will be provided, and continuing education opportunities will be made available to ensure that the best practices conforming to current trends are employed," he assured.

Nana Addo promised to transform the entire society to be led by well-educated and technically competent Ghanaians, hence his government's pledge of making second cycle education free and compulsory. He hoped that a well educated society would drive the reforms needed to make Ghana work.

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