-President Akufo-Addo has pledged to work in the interest of Ghanaians
-According to him, Ghanaians no longer accept poverty
-He made the remarks during his inaugural speech
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the Ghanaian will no longer accept poverty and deprivation as his or her portion.
The president was speaking on Thursday, 07 January 2021, after taking the oath of office for another four-year term.
“What I have seen these last four years is further evidence, if any were needed, that the Ghanaian will no longer accept poverty and deprivation as his or her portion, but is rather determined to work to chart a path of growth and development for himself or herself,” he stated.
According to him, Ghana remains one of the most attractive destinations on the continent for foreign direct investment.
The president said the Ghanaian economy continues to show resilience and a much faster rate of recovery in the face of the global pandemic of COVID-19.
“Establishing a strong economy, undergoing a structural transformation to value-added activities, which will generate jobs for our young people and enhance their living standards, will be the main preoccupation of my second term,” he added.
Akufo-Addo took the oath of office for a second term after defeating former President John Dramani Mahama in the keenly contested 2020 polls.
He defeated former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the keenly contested polls garnering 51.302% of the ballots against the latter’s 47.359%.
Mahama rejected the outcome, arguing the verdict was “stolen”, filing a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the results.
Again in his inaugural speech witnessed by heads of state from across Africa and other dignitaries, the president congratulated Alban Bagbin for emerging as the country’s Speaker of Parliament after hours of chaos in the lawmaking chamber.
The former Nadowli-Kaleo MP was elected as the new Speaker in a contentious election, polling 138 votes as against 136 of the former Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye.
“Together, you and I will be chartering new territory in the governance and politics of the fourth republic,” the president said.
He acknowledged that this is the first time in the lifetime of this republic that the president from one party will be obliged by the will of the people to work in all sincerity and cooperation with the Speaker from another party.
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