The Presidentc, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged Christian lawyers, in their work and advocacy, to be at the forefront of championing government’s commitment to build and free her from a mindset of dependence, aid charity and handouts.
President Akufo–Addo indicated that with their help “we will build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all in education and health, where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded, where there is a dignified retirement for the elderly, and where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged.”
The President made this known when he delivered the keynote speech at the Advocate Africa Convocation on the theme “Awake, awake, O Zion (African), put on your strength and beautiful garments” at the La Palm Beach Hotel, in Accra last Wednesday. Nana Akufo-Addo said that he was elected into office because the Ghanaian people were dissatisfied with their living conditions and the direction in which the economy, and, indeed, the country was headed.
According to him, his government has set about this task, firstly, by seeking to build a business–friendly economy that will enable the country to get to the stage where the opportunities that are available will help it build an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation – “A Ghana Beyond Aid.”
He reiterated his commitment to enhancing accountability in the nation’s public life, and bemoaned that corruption has become the bane of Ghana’s progress pledging to help a prosperous society, which creates opportunities for all its citizens, a society where there is discipline and fairness, where people go about their lives in a free and responsible manner, a society where there are safety nets for the vulnerable and decent retirement for the elderly, an open society protected by well-resourced and motivated security services, and where rule of law works, he said.
President Akufo-Addo noted that his government in September, this year, will redeem its pledge of providing free Senior High School Education in our public schools, adding that it is an important tool for the development of our country.
He also said the Office of Special Prosecutor, which will be enacted in the next session of parliament, will work independently of the Executive, and will have the responsibility to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption, free from predictable claims of witch–hunting, since words could no longer defeat the canker of corruption “our industrial regeneration through our policy of One District One Factory, our agricultural revival, through the programme for planting for food and jobs, targeted infrastructural development, especially of our roads and railways and promoting access to digital technology are going to be the main avenues for job creation “ he added.
The President pointed out that the modern, prosperous society that his government aims to build, however, is hinged on a foundation of good governance and the rule of law, and “that is where you come in firstly’ as Christians, and secondly, as Christian lawyers.” Together, let us also promote a spirit of reconciliation amongst all of us for the sake of our beloved Ghana and Africa prosperity, he added.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi