At the launch of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) manifesto launch at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre on Sunday, the flagbearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lay bare what he desired for Ghana should he be given the nod at the upcoming elections.
According to him, the current sad situation facing the country cannot and should not be Ghana’s lot.
In his opinion, Ghana was not destined to be poor and that it was based on this belief that the country deserved a brighter future that drives him and keeps him going.
“My vision for Ghana is of an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation with a strong and thriving democratic society in which mutual trust and economic opportunities exist for all, irrespective of their background,” he said.
Below are the desires of Nana Akuffo-Addo
I want a Ghana where our young people can feel and be confident of a vibrant future
I want a Ghana where hard work pays and competence rewarded
I want our farmers, fisher folks, teachers, traders, drivers, mechanics, students, nurses, carpenters, artisans, professionals, hairdressers and tailors and everybody trying to earn a living to feel their efforts appreciated and are able to prosper in their chosen fields
I want a Ghana where honest labour is remunerated with honest returns
I want a Ghana that has a vigorous social welfare system that protects the vulnerable and disadvantaged
I want a Ghana which is the leader in technological innovation in and scientific research in the region, on the continent and in the world
I want a Ghana where we appreciate the importance of the environment and we acknowledge that we are the custodians of the forests, the rivers, the lands and the animals for generations yet unborn
I want a Ghana where the cleaning of surroundings is not limited to a monthly activity but is what we do regularly as part of daily activity
I want a Ghana where every citizen has access to potable water
I want a Ghana where the rule of law is the ultimate and equal sanction for all citizens
I want a Ghana where political activity is conducted with civility and honour and no one thinks of rigging an election as an option
I want a Ghana whose public discourse is directed at resolving the urgent needs of the people and not one based on a constant diet of ceaseless propaganda, deliberate misrepresentations and outright lies
I want a Ghana where government is accountable to the electorate not with artist impressions of projects and green books but with cold facts and figures. That is how public officials treat citizens with respect
I want a Ghana where we won’t endure cycles of three and a half years of suffering and three to four months of concerted efforts to buy off the memory of pain
I want a Ghana where vivid imagination of the people are harnessed to build a happy nation that we should be
I want a Ghana which is determined to advance its pan-African vocation to build a strong West Africa within the context of a strong confident African which plays its proper role in the committee of nations