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State of the Nation Address Preview

John Dramani Mahama Natl Address President John Dramani Mahama will deliver the State of the Nation Address before Parliament tomorrow Tuesday.

Many Ghanaians, including Members of Parliament (MPs) and individuals on the street, have, since last week, been expressing different expectations from the address.

Meanwhile, sources at the Presidency have told the Daily Graphic that the address will focus on the economy, the energy situation and challenges facing the provision of water.

They said the President would also spell out measures being adopted by the government to resolve the bottlenecks in the educational, health and agricultural sectors. Continue reading


2013: A Year Of Corruption Scandals And Economic Hardship

As the year ends, people reflect on the happenings of the preceding 365 days and make resolutions for the coming year. New Year’s Eve also happens to be the day that people review and remember what happened in the country during the year. 2013 has been very eventful and would therefore be worth recounting.

The year begun with discussions regarding the presidential election petition filed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to challenge the legitimacy of the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as President of the Republic. This was the very first time such a petition had been lodged with the Supreme Court. Lawyers and students of the law were excited about the petition whilst the judges, empanelled to determine the petition, were clueless about how to go about it. The rules passed to guide them were abandoned in certain instances. For example, the strict adherence to time and insistence on electronic filing were completely ignored in the name of “justice”. They made their “own” rules as the case progressed.

For the first time, and after many calls for Ghana to be in tune with the rest of the world by allowing television cameras in the court room for such an important case, the presidential election petition was broadcast live on national television. Ghanaians in every corner watched closely and keenly as the evidence was presented, and as it became clear that the elections were conducted so badly and poorly that there was no way any of the two leading candidates could have been declared winner or loser.

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Electoral Commission and the Mahama Administration was retained to steer the affairs of the nation until 2016. Recently, some members of the Mahama Administration have blamed the economic hardship in 2013 on the presidential election petition, which lasted for 8 months. One thing is clear from their position. They admit that there was economic hardship in 2013. With all the various corruption scandals that came to light during the year, and certain policy decisions taken by the Mahama Administration, it is difficult to see how any reasonable person can come to the conclusion that the Mahama Administration failed to deliver its promises in 2013 and rather made life so difficult because of the petition.

This is why I think the blame game from the Mahama Administration is completely illogical and without any basis. Continue reading

Akufo-Addo Urges Ghanaians To Pray For Their Leaders

In a New Year’s Message posted on his Facebook page and sent via email to all well wishers, Nana Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to pray for all those who lead them. He stated that 2013 had its fair share of disappointments for many Ghana but by the grace of God, the year came to an end.

Akufo-Addo, who is currently in London, encouraged Ghanaians to put Ghana first and work harder to make the nation’s economy stronger and healthier in the coming year. He also encouraged Ghanaians to protect their integrity, serve the nation with selflessness, and focus on the greater good, which is to strive and strive to create a free and prosperous society of opportunities for every Ghanaian, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or social status.

The full text of his New Year’s Message is posted below:

Fellow Ghanaians,

I know 2013 had its fair share of disappointments for many of us. But, by God’s grace, we sailed through to its end.

Let us welcome 2014 with renewed optimism. That we may find solutions to the difficulties of 2013. That we may triumph against the new challenges of 2014. That we may turn the anxieties of 2013 into opportunities in 2014.

In all that we do, let us put our nation first. Let us work harder and better, individually and collectively, to make our economy healthier and our nation stronger.

Let us pray for those who lead us so that they may find the humility, compassion, competence and confidence to serve us and serve us well.

Let us all protect our integrity, serve our nation with selflessness, and keep our focus on the greater good, which is to strive and strive to create a free and prosperous society of opportunities for every Ghanaian, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or social status.

Let us continue to believe in Ghana by doing our bit to achieve the Ghana that we desire.

My wife Rebecca, the family and I wish every Ghanaian a Happy New Year! May God bless Ghana. May God bless us all.

Nana Akufo-Addo,

Polls: Reviewing Mahama’s First Year

As the year draws to a close we have decided to run a few polls to find out how Ghanaians view the first year of President Mahama and his administration. There are three questions in these polls and we encourage you to vote on each poll. After voting, we encourage you to share the polls with others so that they can also vote. Polls close at midday on 31 December 2013.

1. What kind of government is the Mahama Administration? Vote here…

2. Which of the following campaign promises has the Mahama Administration delivered in its first year? Vote here…

3. How satisfied are you with the Mahama administration? Vote here…

We thank you for participating.

Stop Demanding Praises And Work – Dr Amoako Baah

President John Mahama’s call on Ghanaians to eschew cynicism and acknowledge the economic gains made under his administration are misplaced, a Political Lecturer has said.

Dr. Richard Amoako Baah says the President must do the job for which Ghanaians employed him and stop demanding praises.

He was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, in response to President Mahama’s appeal to Ghanaians last weekend to refrain from being cynical and appreciate the strides being made by the country under his tutelage.

“If any country will make progress, it is based on the faith and the belief of the citizens of that nation that their nation can be great, that their nation can be strong, that their nation can be prosperous. That is the difference in the rate of growth of nations,” the President stated.

He made reference to the energy crisis that hit the country earlier this year and said, “in Ghana, we have a very short memory; the energy crisis is solved, we don’t remember the darkness we were in and so we’ve put that behind us and we are looking at what the other challenges are.”

But Dr. Amoako Baah, who is Head of the Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said Ghanaians are entitled to uninterrupted supply of power and that the president did Ghanaians no favour by ensuring they have that.

“Electricity should be taken for granted…it is the first thing that the nation must ensure works because everything is based on it, everything is dependent on it; and so when you fix it don’t expect praises from anyone; besides it is not his money that he used to fix it,” he stated.

The University lecturer said “We employed him in that position to do that job and so if he is doing his job, he should not expect praises from us.”

Dr. Amoako Baah said even though the President may have meant the comments as a joke, he ought to have known that the nation was not in the mood for jokes.

“It is almost as if he (the President) is not in touch with what is happening…people are suffering, the economy is going down, inflation is going up…where is the bright spot that people are supposed to look at, celebrate or to praise the president for”?

In his view, the President has lost goodwill and must not be making comments that can be picked on by his opponents.

Former Head of Policy Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Tony Aidoo, also speaking on the show, said President Mahama was not the first leader to make such comments.

He said Mr. John Kufuor as president made similar comments when Ghanaians complained about harsh economic conditions in the country in 2003.

Dr. Aidoo said even though Ghanaians had a right to constant power supply, “we live in a third world (country) and in a third world [country] we are so handicapped materially in terms of economic growth.”

He insisted that some of the criticisms leveled against the president for his comments were indeed cynical.

Ghana Is A Nation Of Cynics – Mahama

President John Mahama has called on Ghanaians to have faith and believe in the country’s potential to become a prosperous nation.

The President is optimistic the country can rise above the challenges facing it if Ghanaians change their views about the nation and adopt a positive mindset.

“If you are a nation of cynics, where everybody believes nothing is going well it will be difficult for you to make it. You have to believe that we can make it – and we can make it – I am certain of that”, said President Mahama

The President made the remarks when he was commissioning the Revival Restoration Centre of the Assemblies of God Church at Roman Ridge, in Accra, on Saturday.

President Mahama said statistics show that Ghana is among ten emerging economies of the world, adding that “if any country will make progress, it is based on the faith and belief of the citizens of that nation.”

“We look at nations that have emerged and today are rubbing shoulders with the developed world and we say ‘how did they do it?’ …How did Japan rise out of the ashes of the second World War to be the second most prosperous economy in the world? All these nations have made it because their people believed that they could make it”, he said.

President Mahama said Ghanaians need that same attitude “in order that we can be great and strong.”

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