The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, says Ghana does not need at this time, “leaders who lack the vision that can move the country forward.”
Addressing students at the Great Hall of the KNUST, on the 10th anniversary celebration of TESCON, Nana Akufo-Addo noted “small minds with little visions don’t build nations” adding that “he is confident that with the right leadership, Ghana can be compared to the leading countries of the world.”
He said “the kind of future that the Ghanaian people aspire cannot be attained by this visionless, incompetent and mediocre NDC government that is currently in office” adding that “our energies have to be directed towards building a forward moving and progressive Ghana with an economy that can provide all our people with jobs, jobs and jobs.”
Nana Addo explained that the vision of the NPP is the development of the Ghanaian nation and its people in freedom and “when the NPP got the opportunity, under the competent leadership of President Kufuor, we proved clearly to all that we are committed to that vision.”
He continued that “when the NPP gets another chance, God willing and the Ghanaian people so consenting, we will transform Ghana from a raw material producing economy to a modern industrial one that will provide all our country’s people with jobs, jobs, jobs…” attracting a thunderous applause from the packed hall.
The NPP Flagbearer continued that “to make this vision a reality, when the NPP comes to power God willing and under my leadership, we will make education a priority.”
Attracting another ground-breaking applause, Nana Addo reiterated his commitment to providing free Senior High School (SHS) education to all.
He said “we are not going to build a Ghana where some are left behind because their parents do not have the means. That is gross social injustice and we intend to cure that injustice by providing all our people with access to free, quality education.”
Nana Addo challenged the students to think big and know that Ghana has all the resources and potential required to make it.
He said “the NPP is committed to taking Ghana to the next level, the level of a first class status where Ghana can be compared to the leading countries of the world.”
He noted “I know that when one throws a challenge like this, small minds with little visions will quickly say that it is just big talk, but the truth is that the world was not built by small minds with little vision.”
He challenged the students to think big and also vote for leaders who have showed that they think and act big adding that “the NPP has showed it is the only political force that has that big vision for Ghana.”
He said “it is important to rescue Ghana from the hands of this incompetent, corrupt and mediocre NDC government so that our people will be freed from the suffering and deprivation.”
Nana Addo thanked TESCON on behalf of the NPP for the sacrifice and commitment that the student body has put into the building of the NPP into a strong political force over the years.
He called on TESCON members across the country to continue to play their role of selling the NPP message and playing important roles for the party during elections.
He said “TESCON has a critical role to play if the NPP is going to be successful in winning 2012.”
Nana Addo also paid special tribute to the men who have helped develop the institution of TESCON into what it is today.
He mentioned amongst others Kwame Addo Kufuor, Kwame Amoako-Tuffuor, Richard Anane, Prof. Owusu Sarpong, S K Boafo, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Ayisi Boateng, Mathew Opoku Prempeh and the late Osei Kweku.
The occasion was attended by senior and leading members of the NPP including former Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpiani, former Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, NPP General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman F F Antoh, Kwame Amoako-Tuffuor, MP for Oforikrom, Elizabeth Agyemang, MP for Fomena, Abu Bonsra, Patricia Apiagyei and Adwoa Safo.