On Sunday night, Former President John Mahama connected with Ghana’s youth through an online event, #JohnMahamaLIVE. During the virtual session, Mahama shared his vision for the country, focusing on addressing youth unemployment and production deficits through his 24-hour economy initiative.

He highlighted the 24-hour economy initiative as a potential game-changer in addressing the country’s high youth unemployment of 14.7% and production deficits. Mahama emphasised that the policy would support the NDC’s import substitution strategy, promoting local production for both domestic and export purposes.

During the conversation, Mahama, who is leading the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the December polls, also addressed issues such as corruption in the current Akufo Addo and Bawumia administration, the unjustifiable revocation of banking licenses costing the state over Ghc25 million, and the negative impact of the Domestic Debt Exchange Program on small and medium-scale businesses.

The NDC flag bearer raised concerns about political intimidation by the ruling NPP government, citing a recent incident involving the NDC parliamentary candidate for Awutu Senya East Constituency, Phyllis Naa Koryoo.

John Mahama instilled a sense of security and trust in the youth, assuring them that their votes would be protected in the upcoming elections. He made it clear that this year’s election would not be “business as usual.”

He mentioned that the NDC Elections and IT directorate would ensure the timely compilation of results and rectify any errors made by the EC, as seen in the Assin North and recent limited voter registration exercise.

Mahama also engaged his audience by answering questions, including one about restoring banking licenses for banks that lost them through illegal means. In response, he explained that some cases were still in court and expressed hope for positive outcomes. He also highlighted the unjustifiable nature of some of the license revocations and the NDC’s commitment to restoring such licenses.

Concluding his presentation, John Mahama left the youth with a powerful message of hope and optimism, reiterating, “Change is not only coming, but it must come.” The message was designed to inspire and motivate the youth, encouraging them to believe in the potential for positive change in the December elections.

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