President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to Ghanaians to renew his mandate as President based on his first term achievements come December 7, 2020, when the nation goes to the polls to elect a President and Members of Parliament to serve from 7th January 2021 to 7th January 2024.
Addressing members of the Ghanaian community in Oslo, Norway, today the 23rd of February 2020, as part of his official state visit to Norway, President Akufo Addo said his administration over the last three years has improved considering the circumstances of the country’s economic, energy, health, educational and agricultural sectors.
These achievements, the President indicated is the pivot around which he will be seeking from the Ghanaian people, a renewed mandate in order to consolidate his successes and to build on the solid foundation that has been laid for the country’s economic and industrial development.
“The Central Bank of Ghana has had to undertake some painful reforms of our financial system. The banks that were there at the time that we came into office were poorly capitalized with extremely poor governing practices and really not fit for purpose in terms of having a banking system that was capable of financing the economic and industrial development of our country,” the President stated.
“The Bank of Ghana did it with the full backing of the government. Today we have a banking system that is much more fit for purpose than we have had in a very long time, well-capitalized, very liquid, very solvent, capable now of being able to find the money for the private sector to grow the economy of our country. As a result, the Bank of Ghana was adjudicated the best performing bank in Africa this year by the Association of Bankers of the World,” President Akufo Addo added.
The banking clean up and several other interventions of government, President Akufo Addo said, are signs that the fundamental framework that needed to move the country ahead rapidly is now firmly in place.
“That is the basis on which I am going to the electorate to ask for ‘Four More for Nana,’” President Akufo Addo posited.
On the enforcement of the new Vigilantism Act that has now become law in Ghana, the President indicated that the phenomenon of vigilantism will be fought in a politically colour blind manner in order to guarantee the peace and stability of the country.
“Everything is going to be done to make sure that the reputation that we have as the beacon of democracy on the continent is heightened and enhanced this year,” President Akufo Addo stated.
Oslo, Norway Stopover
President Akufo Addo left Ghana on Friday 21st February 2020, for a 12-day European tour. The President is currently in Oslo, Norway, the second leg of his tour, to pay an official visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
As co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the Norwegian Prime Minister, he will also join other SDG Advocates at a high-level meeting on food security and climate change.