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Live Updates: President Mahama delivers State of the Nation address (Watch Live)
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Live Updates: President Mahama delivers State of the Nation address (Watch Live)

President John Dramani Mahama is delivering the last State of the Nation address for the Mills led administration.

11:00 President Mahama exchanges pleasantries with MPs, shakes hands with the leadership and walks out of the Chamber.

10:59 Speaker of the House, Joyce Bamford-Addo suspends sitting for 30 minutes. National Anthem is played.

10:58 The state of our nation is strong despite the challenges. Thanks the House for indulging him and brings his address to a close.

I call for greater collaboration between government and the legislature. H e called for need to for all to live in unity for a greater impact.

People of Ghana demand partnership from us and not partisanship
I will offer a more comprehensive review of the economy when he visits the House next month.

Agriculture sector has seen massive improvement despite challenging weather pattern. Government has undertaken bold strides in making the economy better.

Significant progress made in the energy sector, with over 1700 communities connected to the national grid.

Madam Speaker Ghana over the last four years has made tremendous contribution in the energy sector.

More resources committed to improving health care. Several nurses and midwifery training institutions established, university established.

The administration has worked relentlessly to give individuals and families access to quality healthcare. Government has built, 19 health-centers, 15 new polyclinics.

Police Service now has ultra modern equipment in providing security. NDC government efforts in providing security have not been in vain.
Electricity supply has improved over the last four years.

Similar efforts yielded results in tertiary education as two new universities have been added and expansion at the tertiary level ongoing.

About 40% of 4,000 of schools under trees removed in four years. Intend to work hard to eradicate the remaining schools under trees. Other pro-poor interventions expanded to cover more children. Teacher seen upward adjustment in their remuneration.

It is my wish that President Mills was here to give an account of the unprecedented development. The government through hard work and prudent monitory and fiscal policies maintained macro-economic stability.

10:40 I take this task with mixed-feelings. Parliament begun with President Mills, he took office and managed the country in a manner that made the country stand tall. Congratulated Madam Speaker for conducting the affairs of the House as the first female Speaker. Thanked MPs for helping the government to deliver the better Ghana agenda.

10:39 President Mahama begins his address.

10:37 Speaker of Parliament Joyce Bamford-Addo welcomes President Mahama into the House.

10:35 National Anthem being played in Parliament as President Mahama takes his seat as well as Vice President and Speaker of Parliament.

10:31 President Mahama enters the Chamber of Parliament, MPs are upstanding.

10:29 President Mahama inspects guard of honour at the forecourt of Parliament.

10:21 President arrives at the forecourt of Parliament; he is taking the national salute; National Anthem being played.

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