His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana, has declared this year as the second ‘Year of Roads’ after the previous one – 2020 – was dubbed, the ‘Year of Roads’ by his government.
He claimed that even though there are still many kilometres needing attention by his government, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration was the government that had embarked on the construction of roads in the country at a much faster pace than other erstwhile administrations.
“Our roads are being constructed at a much faster pace than before, and, yes, I acknowledge there are still many more kilometres to construct. We defined last year as ‘The Year of Roads’. This year will be the second ‘Year of Roads’, as we continue with our focus on dealing with the deficit in our road infrastructure,” he claimed.
The President also stated that the renewal of his mandate to serve the people in his second term as the President of the country is an indication of the confidence and trust reposed in him by the Ghanaian people.
He said the electorate voted for him not just for the achievements of his government in its first term but to also guarantee the completion of the many tasks ahead waiting to be accomplished.
“It is a demonstration of the confidence and trust you, the Ghanaian people, have reposed in me, not only in appreciation for the achievements chalked throughout my first four (4) years, but more significantly for the considerable amount of work that is to be done over the next four (4) years, in our drive to take our nation firmly onto the path of progress, prosperity and development, following the havoc wreaked by COVID-19,” the President posited.
The President pledged to do his best to deliver on his mandate in his second term.
“This is a task I wholeheartedly accept, and I assure all Ghanaians that I will do my utmost to deliver, “ he assured.
The President made those comments Thursday, January 7, 2021, during his inaugural speech after having been sworn into the highest office of the land for the second time at the forecourt of Ghana’s Parliament in Accra, monitored by Tungsung Radio.
President Akufo-Addo while congratulating the Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, on his election as the speaker of the 8th Parliament for the 4th republic, noted that the elevation of Mr. Bagbin to that feat was as a result of the many years of his dedicated service, being the first time a Speaker of Parliament is coming from the side of the opposition party.
“I must, at the outset, express my warm congratulations to my good friend and colleague of many years in this House, the Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, on his assumption of office as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the 4th Republic. Nearly three decades of devoted service to Parliament by you has culminated in this moment, which has seen your elevation to the third great office of state of our nation. Together, you and I will be chartering new territory in the governance and politics of the 4th Republic, for this is the first time in the life of this Republic that a President from one party will be obliged, by the exigencies of the moment and the will of the people, to work, in all sincerity and co-operation, with a Speaker of Parliament from another party,” the President stated.
He also expressed his readiness to work wholeheartedly with the Speaker of Parliament to accelerate the peace, progress and prosperity of the Ghanaian people.
“I am confident that both of us will be guided in our relationship by the supreme interest of our people in ensuring good governance in the ordering of the affairs of state. I want to assure you of my wholehearted determination to work with you to advance the peace, progress and prosperity of the Ghanaian people. Once again, many congratulations to you and the re-elected and new Members of Parliament, “ Mr. President pledged.
According to the President, food production had increased significantly during his first term of office leading to exportation of food items to neighboring countries and storage of surplus farm produce at various warehouses across the country. He said the government was also taking measures to ensure the welfare of our gallant farmers.
He added that the Planting For Food and Jobs program is the foundation on which the successful future of agriculture should be relied on to thrive.
His Excellency reiterated: “Food production has increased significantly, and a conscious effort has been made to improve the living standards of our farmers. The newly constructed warehouses dotted across the country are storing the surpluses for export to our neighbours, and the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs has become the veritable rock on which the successful future of our agriculture is being built.”
The President emphasized that investment into the rail sector would facilitate regional and continental integration and also open up the country “and lead to the creation of a more connected society.”
Source: Tungsung News Room.