President of the Republic, Nana Addo Danquah-Akufo-Addo, will be presenting his second state of the nation address.
Ahead of his delivery, there are various expectations from the president as the speech is expected to be based on efforts to improve the economy, ensure fiscal discipline, create jobs, enforce law and order and also discover home-grown policies to develop the country.
But aside the expectation, there also remain some controversial issues that most Ghanaians would not want the president to touch on. These issues are based on how terrible government has dealt with the issue and the related pain and frustration Ghanaians have experienced over the matter.
1. Fight against crime
There is no doubt in our minds that the Nana-Addo administration has been darkened with bouts of violence and political vigilantism over the past months.
From the killing of Major Mahama to the act of impudence by pro-government vigilante groups like the famous invincible forces. Fight against crime is marginally been tackled under this administration as bouts of homicide and lawlessness continue to be on the rise.
2. High rate of unemployment
As it stands now, there is no dependable statistic on the rate of unemployment in the country. What we know is that 48 percent of university graduates across the country are without jobs.
The government pledged, as part of its campaign promise, to end the menace of unemployment in the country. But unfortunately, the trend still continues. It would be a slap in the face of Ghanaians for the president to tout some achievement in the sector of jobs.
Let us face it, sanitation is a troubling issue here in Ghana. In fact, Accra has been described as one of the dirtiest cities in the world.
The proliferation of plastics in the country has littered major streets and continue to pose grave threats especially when there is a heavy downpour, The sector minister of sanitation has been faced with grave criticism whenever it comes to his quest to keep Accra clean.
Once again, the government could be shot in the foot shoot itself in the foot should Nana Addo boast of keeping the country clean.
4. High cost of living
The government had revealed its resolve to lower the cost of living in the country. Reports from the Bank of Ghana show that it is very expensive to live in Ghana especially in the cities if Accra, Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi.
With the depreciation of the cedi and the uncontrollable market rating, the issue of living in Ghana is no doubt a troubling one. Ghanaians will not expect the president to blow his horn in this area, They rather want answers to how things can turn around.