President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged all Ghanaians to do away with ethnic conflicts as the country pushes forward towards attaining overall development.
According to a Citi FM report, the president was giving his speech at the 60th anniversary celebration at the Black Star Square, when he said Ghana will reach the targeted developmental goals once the people unite towards achieving them.
The president stressed the need for all Ghanaians to push past the negative sides of the country's ethnic diversity, while noting the significance of the numerous diverse ethnic groups in the country.
"We must take pride in our diversity by all means, but the Ghanaian must always 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," the president said.
President Akufo-Addo further acknowledged the period of political stability that has emerged in last 24 years of Ghana's Fourth Republic, after years under volatile regimes.
He said, "These past 24 years have been the longest period of political stability our country has enjoyed since independence, and the effects are showing, albeit slowly.”
The pace of our development has quickened and our self-confidence, which had been severely strained, has returned. At independence, the popular slogan was to seek first the political kingdom and all other things would be added. We assumed and, indeed, we expected that rapid economic development would follow the political freedom that we achieved."
Watch the president's full speech below: