Highlights of Akufo-Addo’s State of Nation Address

The president Nana Akufo-Addo presents his first state of the nation address to Parliament in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He arrives at exactly 10:00 am, goes through the formalities and ushured in to present his state of the nation address.

Myjoyonline.com brings you highlights of the address..

  • Good to be back here where I spent 12 years of my parliamentary career.

  • Mahama’s conduct has been a credit to our nation.
  • I am first Ghanaian leader to draw from the experience of three living ex-presidents.
  • Commends the EC and Charlotte Osei for the conduct of elections which received international acclaim
  • Incidents during transition marred the beauty of the peaceful elections
  • I expected John Kudalor to apply the law. And instructed same to his successor.
  • Incidents happened on the principle of equalization. I condemn all acts and from both party members.
  • I am in a hurry to put a government together. I am in a hurry.
  • All must tackle every task expected of him or her expeditiously.
  • Our economy is in a bad state. Our worse fears have been confirmed.
  • Ghana missed all its targets under the IMF
  • Fiscal indiscipline reared its head in 2016
  • 7 billion cedis arrears had not been recorded.
  • Fiscal indiscipline reared its head in 2016 despite promises in 2012
  • Ghana’s debt stock in 2008 was 9.5 billion cedis but in 2016 the debt is now 122 billion cedis which is 74% of GDP.
  • We will implement tough, prudent and innovative policies to rescue the economy.
  • After eight years of NDC there is no fiscal space. The country now has to borrow for everything.
  • Our economy growth rate has shrunk. Our GDP is estimated at 3.6% lowest in about 23 years.
  • Too much time and resources were spent in the last year without a  deliberate plan
  • I was not elected to complain. I was elected to get things done. I was elected to fix what is broken and my government and i will do just that.
  • My Finance Minister will lay the policies bear next week.
  • We have the program the men, the competence and good will of people to get things done.
  • We have no choice to reduce budget deficit and public spending
  • We will complete National Identification Policy this year
  • We will boost the private sector
  • We will concentrate on agriculture.

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