The only independent candidate in the 2016 presidential race, Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, has called on the electorate to vote massively for him because he believes in the Ghanaian dream, which is job creation.
He defined the Ghanaian dream as, “Creating wealth and economies out of the numerous natural resources the country is endowed with to create more and sufficient jobs, particularly for the youth in both the public and private sectors.”
Delivering a lecture on “The Industrialisation of Ghana: the Ghanaian Dream” at the Regent University College of Science and Technology in Accra, Mr Yeboah said any political party or independent presidential candidate that did not believe in or stand for the Ghanaian dream did not deserve the votes of the electorate.
The lecture was the sixth in a series the university was organising as part of activities to mark its 10 anniversary.
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He said the dream of an average Ghanaian was that of job creation, especially for the youth, and the only solution to the unemployment situation in Ghana was industrialisation.
He, therefore, underscored the need for conscious and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, particularly the ruling government to industrialise the country’s raw materials and human resources to create more jobs and achieve meaningful development.
“Industrialisation is an economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacturing of goods in factories. In other words, it is the process of making products by using machinery and factories,” he said.
Create an economy for Ghana
Mr Yeboah said the time had come for political leaders to pick one of the country’s natural resources and develop its value chain into the backbone of the economy.
Citing Mauritius as an example, he referred to it as a cotton economy and explained that Mauritius had built a strong and robust economy out of cotton.
He said Ghana, therefore, with all its natural resources had no excuse not to be successful and build a robust economy out of just one, if not all of its natural and human resources.
“ What Ghana needs is a visionary leader like me and three per cent knowledge-based patriotic citizens to transform these potentials into reality,” he said.