National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party, Sammi Awuku has challenged the youth to be agents of change in the 2016 elections, warning, that their future security will be scattered, should the NDC win the 2016 elections.
Speaking on Oman FM’s late night current affairs programme, Boiling Point, Sammi Awuku accused the John Mahama led NDC government of only paying lip service to youth development in Ghana, with nothing concrete to show.
According to the NPP youth leader, who is also the Vice President of the International Youth Democratic Union (IYDU), President Mahama, since assuming office, had announced several youth policies and rolled out, several youth programmes to empower the youth; “yet all we can see is a disenchanted and disillusioned youth lost in Graduate Unemployment Associations, whilemillions of taxpayers’ Cedis go down the drain in questionable GYEEDA modules”, he said.
The NPP youth leader cautioned the youth to be wary of the NDC’s corrupt propaganda contractors, who will be going round at the last minute, with matches boxes of Cedis, craving to cause confusion through misinformation, for the sake of political capital.
Quoting the famous Mahatma Ghandi quote – Anyone who says they don’t care about politics, is like a drowning man who does not care about water, Sammi Awuku advised the youth not to shun political issues and current affairs discussions on various platforms. He challenged them to make time to follow political issues in order to be well informed, to make the right choice, and educate others to do same, stating, “Whether you like it or not, a political leader will be elected to shape your destiny. Be part of the decision-making process”.
Lamenting on the sweeping unemployment which is suppressing youth development, the NPP Youth Organiser observed, that while in the past some youth could be seen selling dog chains, the crippling economic hardship has compelled people to now sell not only dog chains, but the dogs themselves, their puppies, and even cages!
Sammi Awuku also called on the newly appointed Chairperson of Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei, to ensure that a new Voters’ Register was compiled for the 2016 elections, explaining, thata litany of recent events including the presidential election petition of 2013 and the nullification by the Supreme Court of the use by the EC of NHIS cards as identification for voter registration,point to a Commission that has lost a great deal of the confidence of the people. According to him, a new voters’ register by a new Electoral Commissioner will signal a fresh start in our electoral process which will ensure the sanctity of the ballot, and acceptance of its outcome by all.
The NPP Youth Organiser urged the youth to have hope in the political capacity of Nana Akufo Addo, and the economic competency of Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, to pull them out of the dark hole of economic hopelessness. “There is still hope for us, if you will join me to be agents of change in 2016”, he said.