President Mahama
President Mahama

MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama on Thursday gave the assurance that the government would continue to strengthen communication channels with labour and other stakeholders.

Such communication channels, he said would improve the relations between government, labour and other sectors of society.

President Mahama gave this assurance when he addressed hundreds of workers at the Black Star Square as part of the May Day celebration on the theme: ?Ghana?s economy: A concern for all.?

Amidst drumming and dancing, the workers came out in their official colors and took their turns in the national programme.

The workers also wielded placards some of which read; VRA, when will the Dumso end, President Mahama recognise the contributions of workers, conditions are hard and President Mahama, our expectations are high.?

President Mahama said the government?s intentions to strengthen the communication channels was reinforced by the establishment of the national economic forum mid- May to iron out some the economic challenges that had over the years bedeviled the country.

He attributed the permeation of corruption in all sectors of the country to weak institutions which, he said, the government had embarked on massive activities to eliminate the vice that had become a social canker on society.

The President commended the media and other individuals that had in the past p exposed corruption in major government establishments and beyond and gave the assurance that government would continue to empower institutions to play their roles effectively to stem the practice.

He said the National Development Planning Commission had embarked on a programme to meet and sychronise the activities of government agencies and other stakeholders to enhance effective development and eliminate corruption.

?Change does not come overnight? And I will continue to liaise and dialogue with all stakeholders to play their roles towards the achievement of the development goals of this country,? President Mahama added.

On maternal mortality rate, President Mahama said although there had been some reductions in the past decade, the rate was still alarming and therefore needed concerted efforts to overcome.

He said for the last decade, the rate had reduced from 700 to 300, adding ?that in my own estimation is still unacceptable and we all need to put our hands on deck to further reduce the death rate.?

Switching on to the Economic Partnership with the European Union, President Mahama said government was taking all views and concerns including labour and would continue to use such concerns as guiding principles that would make the country to make an informed choice subsequently.

Admitting some shortfalls on the economy, President Mahama gave the assurance that the country would register positive economic impacts by the close of the year and called on Ghanaians to continue to have faith as the economy was fixed.

President Mahama however expressed worry that the issue on national minimum wage was not resolved before the celebration of the labour day and urged the negotiators to step up to ensure that there was amicable solutions in the coming days.

The President however appealed to workers to step up their productivity levels to justify the annual salary increments and to improve the fortunes of the national economy.

Mr Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, appealed to government to increase housing projects for workers as the housing deficits were creating enormous problems for workers.

GNA

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