After 60 years of independence, Ghana has no excuse having its citizens wallow in abject poverty, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has maintained.
He admitted the expected rapid economic development that should have followed the political freedom that was achieved has been missed.
“Sadly, the economic dividend that was meant to accompany our freedom has still not materialised. Sixty years after those heady days, too many of our people continue to wallow in unacceptable poverty,” he said.
The president was speaking at the Ghana’s 60th anniversary parade at the Black Star Square in Accra Monday.
President Akufo-Addo paid glowing tribute to Ghana’s forefathers through whose sweat Ghana gained independence from the British colony.
“After sixty years, we have run out of excuses and it is time to set Ghana to rights and get our country to where it should be.”
He therefore charged, “The challenge before us is to build our economy and generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the mass of our people. Hard work, enterprise, creativity and a consistent fight against corruption in public life would bring the transformation we seek.”
The president noted that these goals can be achieved when Ghanaians move and act as a united people.
President Akufo-Addo acknowledged the Ghanaian diversity and called on Ghanaians to rise above the ethnic or sectional interest.
“We have a bright future and we must mobilize all our resources and all our strengths, here and in the Ghanaian Diaspora, to get to that promised land faster.”