Politics of Thursday, 15 November 2012
Source: The New Crusading Guide
The Legon Campus of the University of Ghana was on Monday evening thrown into a state of excitement when NPP Running Mate, Dr. Mahamuudu Bawumia, stormed the campus as part of his ongoing youth tour to familiarize with the students and general university community.
Dr. Bawumia who arrived on the legon campus after similar tours of the University of Education, WInneba, Mampong Campus and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) over the weekend was met on arrival at the entrance of the university by hundreds of enthusiastic students.
The tour commenced at the Teachers Fund Hostel (TF) and proceeded to Pentagon where Dr. Bawumia toured various blocks at the old and new pentagon buildings, shaking hands and interacting with excited students in their blocks and rooms.
From Pentagon, Dr. Bawumia ascended the Legon hills to Commonwealth Hall where vandals in their thousands welcomed the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate by cheering and singing for several minutes before being addressed by the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate.
Speaking to the students, Dr. Bawumia noted that the upcoming election was about the future of the youth and the nation.
“It is very obvious that we cannot continue on the path we are going. Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP recognizes that if this nation wants to achieve the heights we dream about, we cannot do without investing in the lives of our youth and ensuring that the youth are supported and encouraged to make maximum use of their innate abilities and that is why we have decided for example to make Secondary education free so that money would be eliminated as a barrier in education at least up to that level and that is why again we have said that our whole vision is to transform this economy.
Without transforming this economy, we cannot be competitive globally, we cannot create the desired jobs for you when you graduate and certainly we cannot make life decent and comfortable for you”.
The mood was even more electrifying when Dr. Bawumia arrived at the UGEL hostels.
The students upon seeing the approach of Dr. Bawumia and his team quickly moved to meet him and conduct him through a virtual procession of the various blocks and floors at the facility. Students, both male and female trooped in their hundreds to welcome the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate and take photographs with him.
Dr. Bawumia speaking at the end of his tour of the hostel, reminded the students that the facility was put up during the erstwhile Kufuor administration with funding from a consortium of Banks and indicated that it was through the growth of the economy and the banking sector in particular between 2001 and 2008 that allowed for such initiatives to see the light of day.
The youth tour’s next stop was Volta Hall, the wholly female hall. The ladies enthusiastically cheered Dr. Bawumia as he moved from block to block and room to room to interact with the students.
From Volta Hall, Dr. Bawumia moved through Legon Hall to Mensah Sarbah hall where he went through the same routine of familiarizing with the students.
“When we talk about transforming this economy, we know what we are saying because we have the track record. It was through the competent management of our economy and the commitment to doing things right that saw us transform the HIPC economy left to us by the NDC in 2001 into a middle income emerging economy as at the time we left office in 2009 and with oil resources we are promising to do even more when you give you mandate to Nana Akufo-Addo come December 7th”, he said.