Dr. Emmanuel Kwaku Amenuvor Anyidoho, the vice presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has described the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as “failures” which Ghanaians must reject at the December polls.
According to PNC running mate, over the past 24 years that the two parties had been in government, there have been unemployment in the country.
Dr. Anyidoho said this in Accra yesterday when he was officially outdoored as the party’s running mate to Dr. Edward Nasigrie Mahama, the presidential candidate of PNC.
“The managers of Ghana over the past 24 years, I refer to the NDC and NPP, are responsible for the sad state of employment particularly for our young people. It is time for these two parties to own up to their failure,” he charged.
Dr. Anyidoho said “we cannot continue the auction of the future of our youth” and appealed to Ghanaians to vote for PNC.
He described Dr. Mahama as a visionary man of integrity, adding that, “a new era has dawned and the world awaits the new Ghana” under Dr. Mahama’s presidency.
Dr. Anyidoho said the new Ghana they were promising is visioned on the three pillars of a New Beginning, New Deal and New Force as enshrined in the party’s manifesto.
“A new beginning is towards Public Sector Reform with uncompromised efficiency. A new deal is to provide substantial support to upscale productivity in key sectors such as agriculture and industry, while the new force is to harness the great untapped potential of our energetic youth of 18-35 to drive the wheels of national development, while reducing unemployment considerably,” he explained.
Dr. Anyidoho said a PNC government would work with all stakeholders such as civil society, gender advocates, the media, environmental organisations, the Diaspora, development partners, and other cross-cutting elements to harness the local and international energies for the “New Ghana’s Development”.
On his part, the presidential candidate, Dr. Mahama mentioned that he chose an economist because the current economy was in shambles, youth unemployment and their desire to end the perennial power crisis popularly known as “dumsor”.
He said he had known his running mate for over 10 years now describing him as a humble man.
“His humility is like Jesus Christ and I’m confident we will deliver,” he said and urged Ghanaians to trust him and vote for him.
Dr. Emmanul Amenuvor Anyidoho was born on March 7, 1956. He hails from Adidome in the Central Tongu district of the Volta Region.
He graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Economics with Sociology in 1977 and subsequently graduated with a M.Sc in Economics in 1982.
Dr. Anyidoho taught Economics and Mathematics in Achimota School from 1977 to 1981 and later lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana and also the University of Liberia.
He joined the Ministry of Finance in 1991 where he held several portfolios and later joined the UNDP in Ghana as National Economist in 1995.
He was the African Union’s consultant on Africa’s External Debt and also worked at the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union.
Dr. Anyidoho has worked and travelled extensively through Africa, Europe and North America and he is currently a member on the EuroMoney Country Risk Expert Panel.
The 60-year old vice presidential candidate is married with two children.
By Joseph Edu Archison and Dinah Twumasi