Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I wasn’t elected to complain, but to get things done – Ghana's President Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Tuesday said the “overwhelming majority of Ghanaians” who voted for him in the December 7 presidential poll did not elect him to lament about the economic situation of the country, but to get things done.

He reassured Ghanaians of his commitment to rescue the economy from its current bad state.

Akufo-Addo said this in his first State of the Nation Address at Parliament since he was elected Head of the Fourth Republic.

"I was not elected by the overwhelming majority of Ghanaian people to complain. I was elected to get things done" he said.

The President noted that though the economy he inherited from the John Mahama administration was in doldrums, but he was voted into power not "to complain", but "to get things done".

He said he is "determined to do just that", adding that his government has laid out programmes that will competently work out to better the lives of Ghanaians.

"We are going to have to implement some tough, prudent and innovative policies to get out of this financial cul-de sac and rescue this economy, restore fiscal discipline and debt sustainability as well as increase economic growth.

"Mr. Speaker, it gives me no joy to tell the story of the economy as it is; as we inherited. Too much time, energy and resources were spent in the past in my view without a deliberate, conscious assessment of the impact on jobs and whether or not, we were spending wisely to improve the lives of the people, communities and businesses.

"But I was elected by the overwhelming Ghanaian people to complain. I was elected to get things done. I was elected to fix what is broken. And my government and I are determined to do just that," he said.

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