Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the candidate for president from Ghana’s leading opposition party in the general election next month, has promised to transform Ghana within 18 months of taking office if given the mandate to govern the country.

He says he is ready to change and create a new Ghana full of opportunities for the youth and the entire population and will use the country’s resources for the transformation while creating new hope and a prosperous future for Ghana’s teeming youth.

Nana Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed a large crowd in Tamale, the capital of Northern Region (Province), about 600 kilometres north of here, on Tuesday at a regional rally aimed at galvanizing support for his New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Dec 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The NPP has so far organized similar regional rallies in Volta and Upper East regions where they appealed to voters to massively support the party to enable it to transform the lives of the people.

Nana Akufo-Addo said: “I am colour blind and I don’t play tribal politics. I belong to every Ghanaian and will continue to beg for your votes since sovereignty resides in the people. Those who do not understand democracy do not know that power resides in the people.”

He said agro-industry would be used to create jobs for the youth, especially in the northern part of the country, to avoid the current situation where they migrate outside the region sin search of non-existent jobs elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Julius Debra, the Chief of Staff of President John Dramani Mahama, said the president would focus on job creation and enabling opportunities for businesses to thrive if re-elected.

The creation of jobs would complement the physical infrastructure developed by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by President Mahama in his first term, Debrah said when he met representatives of the Clergy in the Greater Accra Region.

He said President Mahama had done a lot in his first term by providing physical infrastructure such as roads, school building, hospitals and the expansion and stability of the country’s economy.