President Nana Akufo-Addo’s State of The Nation Address (SONA) was finally delivered on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
The much-awaited delivery was anticipated by many Ghanaians, as the President discussed his performance in the various sectors.
He also discussed areas where his government fell short and is looking to improve on in the coming 12 months.
However, while the President’s address captured his achievements, his speech was characterized by a repetition of promises.
Here are four reasons why President Akufo-Addo’s SONA was a repetition of promises.
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1. Sports Development
President Akufo-Addo reiterated that his government is committed to developing sports in the country.
According to him, the government is keen on passing the proposed National Youth and Sports Act, which should serve as a ground for sports development.
He further stated that his government is bent on building pitches in the Zongo communities around the country.
However, all that he said under sports are basically a repetition of what he and his government have already promised in the past.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) said prior to the 2016 elections that they will build stadiums in all the 10 regions of Ghana.
But none of these projects have kick started yet, and the President basically repeated those promises.
President Akufo-Addo admitted that the unemployment rate in the country is staggering. The unemployment rate in Ghana increased to 5.77 per cent in 2016 from 5.54 per cent in 2015.
In his address, he expressed worry about the situation and again promised again to make sure that the situation becomes better.
However, a quick check shows that he made the same promise in last year’s State Of The Nations Address.
In fact, the NPP campaigned extensively during the 2016 elections on the unemployment situation in the country, but have not quite managed to salvage the situation.
As a result, the President’s talk on unemployment was just a repeat of the promises he made last year.
3. State of GSE
President Akufo-Addo also touched on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), while commending his government for their performance so far.
The President noted that the Ghana Stock Exchange composite index has gained 19 per cent since the year began in terms of the US Dollar, the most among benchmarks tracked by Bloomberg.
However, most Ghanaians have not really felt it on the ground, with prices of petroleum products soaring.
Last year, virtually the same promises were made, and although there has been an improvement, more can be done in this aspect.
When President Akufo-Addo spoke at last year’s SONA, he pledged to make sure the Affirmative Action Bill is passed.
However, when he returned to address Parliament on Thursday he admitted that he failed to deliver on his gender promise.
“Mr. Speaker, I have an apology. I promised last year that we would endeavour to pass the Affirmative Action Bill [but] this did not happen,” he said.
But he quickly switched to again promise that he is still bent on gender development, insisting “my commitment to the promotion of the development of women is without question”.
But all said and done, it ended up as a repeated promise.