He said the most urgent problem facing most young people in the country at the moment was the unavailability of jobs and this was frightening considering the many young men and women who idle about throughout the country.
The NPP presidential candidate said this when he addressed students of the University of Development Studies and party supporters in Navrongo as part of his final campaign tour of the Upper East Region.
He said when young people have no jobs, their self confidence is undermined, dignity eroded and their parents in despair, adding that youth unemployment was a recipe for social instability and the biggest threat to peace in the country.
In this regard, Nana Akufo-Addo said job creation ought to be the priority of any government or party aspiring to govern the nation.
Unfortunately in Ghana, the past four years, we have been landed with an NDC government that seeks to exploit the misfortunes of the youth and offers no solution to their problems he said, adding that the much touted single digit inflation by the ruling government had not translated into jobs and income for the people of Ghana.
President Mahama has trumpeted Ghanas economy among the fastest growing in the world but when it comes to unemployment he is quick to add that unemployment is a global trend facing far larger economies like the United States and the United Kingdom. These countries are struggling to get out of recession with growth rate of barely two percent he said.
The NPP, he said, was committed to building a new society of opportunities where every Ghanaian has the opportunity to improve upon his or her circumstances.
He said the next NPP administration was determined to grow the countrys economy and ultimately create an atmosphere for the private sector to flourish and provide.
He said an Akufo-Addo government would strive to equip young people with skills that would enable them improve upon their conditions and conceded that the current size and structure of the Ghanaian economy was not big enough to provided the needed jobs.
We cannot rely on the current structure and the exhaustible resources to grow our economy and modernize our country, we must make deliberate effort to move from a raw material exporting economy to a new economy that can deliver prosperity for the Ghanaian people, he said.
To be able to modernize the economy and industrialize the country, Nana Akufo-Addo, said the country needed an educated work force.
He said a vigorous development of the educational infrastructure in the first 18 months of the next NPP government would involve the building of 350 new Senior High Schools (SHS) and the rehabilitation and expansion of existing ones.
Touching on his free SHS policy, he said the NPPs plan to introduce free SHS to the thousands of Junior High School pupils who were unable to go further to the SHS level was extensively mapped out to show its possibility and feasibility in 2013.
Mr Kofi Addah, incumbent Member of Parliament of the Navrongo Central Constituency, called on the people to vote massively for the NPP to see a transformed country.