As I travel the country over the years, I see the pain and sacrifices made by
ordinary Ghanaians everyday:
• by the farmer who struggles to feed his family and send his children
to school, but does not know, whether having made that sacrifice to
pay the bills, his children will even be able to get a job at the end of
• by the mother of the sick child, who has to walk miles on the dusty
road to the clinic to get medicine only to be turned away because
the clinic will not accept her NHIS card and she has no money to pay
• by the young man and woman who, through no fault of their own,
have had to drop out of school and cannot find a way out of life’s
• by the young man who, because of financial circumstances at home,
never had the opportunity to go to school and is now sleeping rough
on the streets of Accra
• by youth who have worked hard at school, or the University, but still
cannot find a job when they leave. They become street hawkers and
even open roadside shops, but find they struggle to survive because
the falling cedi raises the costs of their goods. Their shops also close
because they cannot afford electricity bills
• by the husband with a family of four who lost his job two years ago,
because his employers had to close down the business due to
DUMSOR and the high cost of operations
• by that young woman whose wages can barely cover her transport
fares to and from work and her share of the one bedroom she shares
with her friend, and
• by the kayayei who have no opportunities or shelter and are forced
to sleep on the streets of our cities.
It is for these people that I am running for President – for ordinary Ghanaians
who have been betrayed by a government that does not care. It is to them
that my Government will be dedicated.
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.
The next New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will place people at its
centre. Their hopes and their concerns will drive its policies and priorities.
I promise to build a Ghana that works and gives each and every one of
us the opportunity to improve our lives. A Ghana that works for us and our
families, not just for the rich and powerful.
I will be a President for all Ghanaians. Whatever your region, your tribe, your
gender, your status, or your religion, I will serve you all.
I will champion your cause with the help of the Almighty God, and every day
I wake up as President, my first and only consideration will be what is best
for the country we all love and what will improve the lives of all our people.
I have an unshakeable faith that our country, the Black Star of Africa, under
the leadership of the NPP, has a bright future, a future that will be secured by
the enterprise, creativity, and hard work of the Ghanaian people.
Join me, so together, we can build a country where, if you show up, step
up, and work hard, you will have your fair share of its wealth, and be fairly
rewarded for your hard work.
A country in which hard work pays, and cutting corners does not. A country in which, no matter where you come from, you will be rewarded based on merit, not on whom-you-know-basis.
A country in which every young person can hope, and aspire, and reach his or her fullest potential, right here in Ghana.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo