Help turn around future of country • Akufo–Addo tells youth (Friday, April 23, 2010 pg 14

An aspirant to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearership for the 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on the youth to help turn around the future of the country by voting out the National Democratic Congress(NDC) in 2012 in order to better their lot.

He pledged his commitment to making education the foundation stone of his administration when elected President.
Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing a student gathering at the Mensah Sarbah Hall of the University of Ghana, on the theme “There is hope for the youth”.

He said education was the key to human development which not only widens life’s options for individuals and society but also the key to the development of the nation and a healthy democracy.

He said, “no country had been able to shed the evils of poverty, ignorance and disease with a largely illiterate population,“ adding that education remained the bedrock on which Ghana’s economic development could be spurred.

According to him, the Junior Secondary School system which was started in the Rawlings era had been a disastrous educational system that annually threw “240,000 school-leavers onto the street without any form of basic employable skills”.

He said the difference between Ghana and the Asian Tigers had been the commitment of the Asians to promoting
an educational system that met the needs of their economy.
“If we do not do this, the strangulation that characterises our country will continue”.

He noted that one of the major challenges facing the country was the creation of good, well-paying jobs in sufficient quantities for all those willing and able to work.

He stated that “The NPP believes that the creation of jobs is largely the responsibility of the private sector and that government creates the enabling environment for private actors to create wealth and jobs. But the evidence today is a struggling Ghanaian private sector”.

He paid glowing tribute to former President Kufour for laying a strong foundation for the economy which he (Akufo–Addo) hoped the next NPP government would build on.

“I believe in building a prosperous Ghana, a tolerant Ghana; that provides for the welfare and opportunity for its entire people; a Ghana that develops all assets for the full benefit of the nation.” Nana Akufo Addo said.

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