Mahama Creates Crisis – Says Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says considering the economic hardships, rampant and widespread corruption, rising cost of living, and the high levels of unemployment, it comes as no surprise to him that Ghanaian youth are angry, hungry and have given up any hope of the country offering them a bright future.

This gloomy picture, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, has characterised the seven-year rule of President John Mahama, adding that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government ‘has created an unrelenting social crisis in Ghana,’ especially in the area of youth unemployment.

The NPP flagbearer made this observation on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 when he delivered a speech during the 15th anniversary celebration of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) at the Mensah Sarbah Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon on the theme, ‘NPP Youth – Today, Tomorrow.’

Describing Ghana’s population, which has a median age of 20 years, as a young one which is ‘disproportionately jobless,’ Akufo-Addo stated that the NPP sees the crisis of youth unemployment as a development that could have ripple effects for decades to come — not only for young people’s demoralisation, but also for their weak contribution to the strength of the Ghanaian economy.

A section of the NPP gurus at the programme
Instead of creating the conditions that would spur on private sector development – which will bring in its wake the much needed jobs and income for the teeming masses of Ghanaian youth – Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the John Mahama government had rather superintended over the country’s dwindling fortunes in every sector of the economy, adding that ‘at the rate at which Ghana is going, I shudder what Ghana would look like if we give the NDC another four years on top of these eight years.’

Touching on Ghana’s precarious debt which has shot up from GH¢9.5 billion at the end of 2008 to GH¢94.5 billion as at August 2015, the NPP flagbearer remarked that soon the Mahama government ‘would have to sell everything that Ghana owns to pay off what we owe; debts that they cannot tell you and I what they spent the money on.’

These massive loans being contracted by the Mahama government, according to Akufo-Addo, are being used to refinance debts instead of being invested in areas that will create jobs for the youth. ‘These same young people will have to service the debt later,’ he added.

The decision by the Mahama government to abandon provisions of the Public Procurement Act and make sole sourcing of contracts the norm has seen a corresponding massive increase in corruption, Nana said.

‘The nation would have benefitted so much more from such public infrastructure projects as the NDC has undertaken, if the public finances of our country had been honestly managed. Instead, in a phrase that has found judicial approval, we have been subject to a system of ‘create, loot and share,” he said.

He continued, ‘We have seen this in bodies like GYEEDA and SADA, which were ostensibly set up to stimulate growth and to provide jobs for young people. They became vehicles of corruption. So too, it appears, is the latest body, YES (Youth Enterprise Support), in which high-ranking officials are already engulfed in allegations of corruption.’

I Fear For Ghana
‘With every cedi that is stolen under the Mahama government, a child is being denied education, a farmer being denied fertilizer, a driver not getting good roads, and the sick being left to die,’ Akufo-Addo explained.

‘I fear for Ghana. I am frightened about the future the NDC is building for the young people of this country. It is a future of indebtedness, a future of hopelessness; it is a wretched future being needlessly created by a reckless government.  The prospect of another four years of this scares me and so must it scare you too. Twelve straight years of NDC would leave you, the young people of Ghana, with no future of note,’ he stressed.

Don’t Lose Hope
‘To you, the students of Ghana, I say, don’t lose hope. I have great news for you, though. There is something great coming. My message for you our young people is this: don’t see this tragedy as your destiny. There is a brighter future for you. You have the energy, you have the passion and you have the drive to make the change Ghana deserves happen.’

Mentioning a host of Ghanaian youth who are doing well in various fields of endeavour ranging from business and entertainment to sport, Nana Akufo-Addo stated, ‘I am encouraged in my thinking by the continuing creativity and sense of enterprise of several of Ghana’s young people. This reinforces my unshakeable belief in the prospects of our nation, the Black Star of Africa.’

To the packed auditorium of the Mensah Sarbah Hall, Nana Akufo-Addo assured that the NPP is seeking change to ensure that Ghana works again.

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