Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), last Friday launched the “I believe in Ghana” campaign with the pledge that the next NPP administration would accelerate the creation of the necessary conditions for the youth to realise their potential and help in the nation's quest to attain a first class status.
He explained that the 'I Believe in Ghana' concept was all about the youth getting quality education, well-paid jobs, living in a peaceful country, and where the rule of law was not just a slogan but a reality.
He said it also behoved the youth to emulate Ghanaians who had excelled in their fields of endeavour and raised the flag of Ghana through hard work, discipline and perseverance.
The launch was done with a live concert by some Ghanaian musicians, mostly made up of the youth, at the Independence Square in Accra.
The occasion was also used to launch the “I believe in Ghana” T-shirt by some models.
Nana Akufo-Addo also called on the youth to vote for him to become the next president, adding that “ a vote for the NPP was a vote for hope and prosperity and a belief in Ghana.”
Nana Akufo-Addo said the NPP administration, both the current one and the one he would lead, would ensure that all Ghanaians lived in freedom to realise their God-given potential.
He said just as some Ghanaians, under very harsh conditions, were able to surmount those problems and attain greater heights in life, the youth should be motivated by such examples and always remember that with hard work and perseverance, the sky would be the limit.
Earlier, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, met a section of student leaders, young businessmen and women and some female porters (Kayayes) at the Danquah Institute.
The two inidicated that the future, under an NPP administration, would be brighter and hence the need to vote for the NPP.
The National Organiser of the NPP, Mr Lord Commey, said the concept was to inculcate in the Ghanaian youth to trust in the possibility that they could attain greater heights in Ghana.
Mr Adongo Jacobs of the Ghana Institute of the Blind called on the youth to be wary of politicians who would not seek the welfare of the youth, but use them only for their parochial interest even at the peril of their lives.
He also urged the youth to guard against acts and utterances that had the tendency to create confusion and brew trouble before, during and after the December 7, elections.
He said the future of the country was for the youth, and that they must always ensure that they voted for Nana Akufo-Addo who had demonstrated that he had their welfare at heart.
The NPP Presidential candidate also used the occasion to launch the “I believe in Ghana” documentary, in which he explained the concept through the presentation of how some celebrated Ghanaians who believed in their country had achieved success in their fields of endeavour.
The documentary provides examples of prominent Ghanaians such the former United Nations Secretary General, Busumuru Kofi Annan, former Prime Minister of Ghana; Dr K. A. Busia; President J.A. Kufuor, and Stephen Appiah, the Skipper of the Black Stars.
Some of the artistes who performed at the all-night programme, which was attended mainly by the youth who filled the grounds of the Independence Square, included 4x4, Kwabena Kwabena, Screw Face, Daddy Lumba, ASEM, A-Plus, WUTAH, Philipa Baafi, Christiana Love and No Tribe.
Story by Donald Ato Dapatem