As the 2020 electioneering shifts into full gear ahead of the general elections in December, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is urging Ghanaians to avoid conducts that could threaten the country’s democratic gains.
He said as Ghanaians “we have a duty to conduct ourselves in such a manner that we have a free, fair and transparent election” next year.
That, Nana Akufo-Addo explained in his Christmas message, will give the people “peace and serenity” to choose the person and persons they deem fit to manage the affairs of the nation and theirs on their behalf.
Nana Akufo-Addo said next year is an important year in the history of the country’s democratic journey, and expressed optimism that Ghanaians “will rise to the occasion and reinforce the status of Ghana as the beacon of democracy on the continent”.
The President, whose mandate ends on January 7, 2021, will be putting himself up for a second term on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party in the December 2020 elections, against former President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
2019 modest success
For him, his government has “performed better” for which reason he wants the Ghanaian electorate to give him four more years to do more.
Nana Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians have every reason to be thankful to God for what he termed “modest successes” chalked by his government in 2019.
According to him, 1.2 million children now have unfettered access to Senior High School education, which he said is the highest enrolment in the country’s history.
He said Ghana’s healthcare system has been improved over the last year while there have been bumper harvest in the agric sector resulting in low prices of foodstuff prices on the market.
Again, the President said government has in the last year employed thousands of Ghanaians in various sectors of the economy and also ensured the security agencies were retooled to a considerable level to function properly.
“We’ve revived our healthcare system; we’ve had bumper harvest of foodstuff for two years in succession with food prices at their lowest in years”.
He continued, “Tens and tens of thousands of teachers, health workers, graduates and non-graduates alike have been given jobs. We have retooled and reequipped our police service and our armed forces to a considerable extent”.
The country’s economy, he indicated, was identified as one of the fastest growing economies in the world in 2019, adding Ghana is now the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in West Africa.
On the back of these, he said “We have good reason to be thankful to God for the modest successes we chalked over the course of 2019”.