In his speech on occasion of Ghana’s 60th anniversary President Nana Akufo-Addo criticized the fact that one excuses the undeveloped country with the colonial rule.
He demanded a “dignified life for the mass of the people“ instead, but he also noticed with regrets that “the economic dividend that was meant to accompany our freedom has still not materialised.“
President Akufo-Addo explained that “it is time to set Ghana to rights and get our country to where it should be.“
Furthermore he honoured epic moments of the nationalist struggle for independence and especially the efforts of John Mensah Sarbah, Joseph Casely Hayford, J. W. Sey, J. P. Brown, without whom the British would have taken over all lands.
Moreover he dignified at least 17 historical figures in Ghana in six different fields of endeavour for promoting Ghana as a nation.
After talking about the past, the President discoursed about Ghana’s present. For him, the level of poverty in this country is too dramatic.
Arised from ‘The Ghana Poverty and Inequality Report – 2016‘ by UNICEF, rural poverty is almost four times higher than urban poverty. In addition the report establishes that income inequalities are widening.
At the end of his speech President Akufo-Addo appealed to his country: “Let us mobilize for the happy and prosperous Ghana of tomorrow, in which all of us, including our youth, our women and the vulnerable in our society, will have equal opportunities to realise their potential and build lifes of dignity“.