SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC,
NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO,
AT THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY’S ANNUAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE, IN KOFORIDUA, ON SATURDAY, 7TH JULY, 2018, ON THE THEME “BUILDING A STRONGER PARTY, DELIVERING PROSPERITY FOR GHANAIANS.”
Last week, on 29th
The last time we met in 2014 in Tamale to select our National Officers, we were in opposition, having lost the elections of 2008 and 2012. It was, thus, imperative that we elect officers who would unify the party, and mobilise all its talents and energies to lead us to the all-important victory of 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Our party became embroiled in a series of unnecessary disputes that undermined the coherence of the Party. Fortunately for us, we benefitted from the Akan adage that the family that does not have elders is a family to be pitied. The Council of Elders, under the intrepid leadership of the veteran nationalist and statesman, C.K.
We are equally deeply indebted to the National Officers who took on the responsibility of leading our Party in those difficult circumstances. Despite the constant taunts of our opponents – “how can they manage Ghana when they cannot manage their own affairs? “how can a divided party govern Ghana?” – these were the constant themes of John Mahama and the NDC’s campaign – they rose to the task, kept their focus, fostered unity amongst us, and helped lead us to a famous, historic victory, a victory that has brought us back to office to give us the opportunity to implement our age-old programme of transformation and development. We thank them profusely for their service to the Party and to the Nation. To all our outgoing national executives, Ellembele Blay Freddie Blay, Frederick Fredua Antoh, John Boadu, Sammi Awuku, Otiko Afisa Djaba, Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah and
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The events that happened in Tamale underlie the critical importance of selecting the right persons to manage our affairs for the future, i.e. for the next four years. The persons we elect today will have the daunting task of organizing our Party for the 2020 election in two years time. It is a huge challenge, and we need the right people to meet it. Let me repeat some of the words of my message to Conference: We must elect officers whose principal goals will be to unify the party, strengthen its base and machinery, work hand-in-hand with government, and ensure that we give this country good governance to bring progress and prosperity to all of our people. We must make sure that the post-Tamale events never occur again. We must maintain and safeguard the gains of 2016 by
What, then, have we done in these last 18 months with this power that we sought so passionately, and which the Almighty was so gracious to bestow on us, with the support of the Ghanaian people? Broadly, four things.
First, we had to get the economy working again. It was
Our economy is on a good course, and it will mean that, when we finish with the IMF Programme this year, our economy will be stronger than the one we inherited. We have to thank members of our excellent Economic Management Team for that. Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, its Chair, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen, Energy Minister Boakye Agayrko, Agriculture Minister
Secondly, whilst we have been working to turn our economy around, we have also been keeping some of our key promises to the people of Ghana. The sceptics and the naysayers have been put to shame – Free SHS is now a reality. Last academic year, ninety thousand more young boys and girls got into Senior High School than they did the year before because of the policy. This year, the figure will double to one hundred and eighty thousand, and to take care of this additional population, we are going to recruit over eight thousand more teachers. We are going to ensure that every young Ghanaian child, no matter where he or she is born, no matter the financial circumstances of his or her parents, will have access to a minimum of quality secondary school education. We have doubled the Capitation Grant. We have expanded the School Feeding Programme. We need an educated workforce to build
We are focusing these interventions on the ordinary
The third aspect of our concentration, these last 18 months, has been to improve the structure of our governance. We have begun to take the steps towards the radical reform of local government – the pledge to bring full democracy to local government is on course. We have scheduled the Referendum to remove the entrenched clause of Article 55 of the Constitution to permit
Respect for due process and constitutional propriety led me to discharge the heavy duty of giving effect to the recommendations of the constitutional body that investigated the petitions against the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and her two Deputies. I acted, as directed by the Constitution, without any malice or premeditation. And all those who are familiar with the genesis of this sad affair will recognize the truth of my statement. But, I am aware that the professional critics and those who still cannot adjust to the expression of the popular will of 7th
There is one major decision that I have taken, which, I know, has generated a lot of anxiety amongst many of you. And that is the decision against
Finally, during this period, on the international front, I have visited every ECOWAS country,
As you can see, we have been very busy these last 18 months. And, even though, we have not addressed all the sticky problems of the country, we are working hard to bring about the rebirth of our nation. It is obvious that the destiny of Ghana is safe in our hands. Let us work to ensure that we stay in office long enough to
Let me end
Thank you for giving me the time to speak. Let us have a successful Conference and elect the right people to steer our affairs.
May God bless all of us and the New Patriotic Party, and may God bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.