President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday 19, addressed some journalists on the progress of his two-year administration at the seat of government, the Jubilee House.
The event which is held once in 6 months gives journalists the opportunity to quiz the President on controversial issues which have cropped up in his almost 2 years in office.
He is expected to answer questions on the progress of the government’s flagship programmes as well as queries on the current state of the economy.
This is the third time a similar event has been scheduled at the Jubilee House within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
A similar exercise was conducted in July 2017, and January 2018 where Nana Akufo-Addo promised to meet the journalists in the country every six months in the entire duration of his tenure as President.
During his meeting with the journalists from all over Ghana, he gave a report on what he and his administration has been up to, ever since the last time they met. He touched the following areas…
I am happy to report that I have paid a working visit to all ten regions within the year, as I did in my first year, and plan to do every year of my mandate.
For example, going around the country means that I know at first hand that many of our roads are in a bad state.
I know that we need to open up our country, build roads, bridges, airports, railways and make it easy for the people and goods to move around.
There is excitement and a lot of activity in the aviation sector, and it is good to note the entry of two new private airlines offering services along the domestic routes.
For far too long, the lack of money has hampered our development and dampened our self-confidence. I am determined that we should use what opportunities there are to raise ourselves out of poverty, but there is no chance that I would ever preside over the loss of Ghana’s sovereignty to any foreign country.
The drone delivery service will save lives, decrease wastage in the system, guarantee healthcare access for more than 14 million people nationwide, and employ over two hundred (200) Ghanaians. This programme is NOT going to be run on the public budget. Corporate Social Responsibility contributions from private sector players will pay for the service. I prefer drones flying to deliver essential medicines to our people than an investment in guinea fowls that allegedly fly off to Burkina Faso without any trace.
In all we do, we want to ensure that health officials are well-trained, reasonably content with their conditions, and are able to practice their profession, so we can all have the confidence to entrust our lives into their hands. The prosperity we seek for our people can only be attained when our people are healthy.
Free SHS gets all the headlines, but I encourage you to look at all the other interesting and dynamic new things that are happening in Education in our country. Of course, Free SHS deserves to get the headlines; we have held our nerves and Ghanaians have come to accept that every child deserves a secondary education.
We have not got enough classrooms or desks or laboratories or computers or dormitories, but children, once born, cannot wait until we get enough Prempeh Colleges and Holy Childs around the country before they can attend secondary school. In addressing this issue, Government, with ingenuity and innovation, has, through the Ghana Education Trust Fund, secured a $1.5 billion facility to help develop infrastructure in our schools.
As we have been making our voices heard on the international stage, some countries are beginning to take a chance on us. It is not every day that Volkswagen, Nissan and Sino-Truck offer to build assembly plants in your country round about the same time.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was here, and so was the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and so was the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and so was the heir to the British Throne, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has also paid us, this week, a visit of encouragement. I believe all these interactions help to illuminate the progress we are making in Ghana.