President Akufo-Addo says Ghana is at a stage where proper management should be put in place to build economic growth, insisting the country is aiming to go past the dependence on charity.
The Ghana president was addressing a United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Thursday, September 21, 2017, and he told the world leaders that the country wants "to build an economy that is not dependent on charity and handouts".
According to him, Ghana can move from being a third world nation if the country can make better use of its own resources, rather than run to donors for everything.
He said history has shown that all countries that depend on charity continue to remain "poor" and the way forward is to "disclaim aid" from the supposed superpower nations.
“We don’t want to be a scar on anybody’s conscience,” President Akufo-Addo said.
"...We want to build an economy that is not dependent on charity and handouts... Long and bitter experiences have taught us that no matter how generous a charity, we would remain poor. We want to build a Ghana which looks to the use of its own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country.”
He reiterated his desire to build "a Ghana beyond aid" adding that "we do want to discard a mindset of dependency and living on handouts".