President John Dramani Mahama has told Ghana’s legislative body that Ghanaians expect from them a concerted effort at fast-tracking the nation’s development, devoid of petty partisan bickering.
Liking the House to a canoe, the president said Ghanaians “put us all right here in the same canoe, they gave us all paddles and told us to roll this country gently onto the road to recovery, growth and shared prosperity.”
The president, whose re-election is being challenged by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), was delivering the last State of the Nation Address on the floor of the House of Parliament.
In an attempt to rally the nation and inspire the citizens, the President said “Even with all our challenges, I believe a certain feeling of optimism is seeping into our Ghanaian consciousness; I believe that the days of division and discord are behind us and that an era of unity and national renewal is before us.”
Delivering what is arguably the shortest State of the Nation address, President Mahama said "There have been times when we have worked together, there have been times when we have shelved the politics and come together as one nation for the glory of Ghana; all of you know and I also believe that it was the right thing to do and it felt good to do so."
The nation, he said, had a lot to be thankful to God for.
Touting the achievement of the National Democratic Congress government, Mr. Mahama said prudent management of the economy and fiscal discipline had pulled the nation from the brink of economic collapse onto a path of consistent growth. “With four years of growth, we have won back the basic strength of our economy,” he added.
The NDC government, according to him, had removed over 40 per cent of schools that held classes under trees and by that action put millions of pupils exposed to the vagaries of the weather into decent school accommodation.
Listen to President Mahama's address to Parliament in the attached audio