President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged Ghanaians to join forces together to build the country.

According to him, Ghanaians have run out of excuses after their 60 years of independence from their colonial masters.

He believes hard work, creativity and consistent fight against corruption in public life would bring the transformation Ghanaians seek.

‘After sixty years, we have run out of excuses and it is time to set Ghana to rights and get our country to where it should be. The challenge before us is to build our economy and generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the mass of our people. Hard work, enterprise, creativity and a consistent fight against corruption in public life would bring the transformation we seek. We will achieve these goals when we move and act as a united people,’ he urged.

Delivering his speech during the 60th independence anniversary at the Independence Square, Accra, he further called on Ghanaians to rise above ethnic or sectional interests by mobilising their resources and strengths to move Ghana to the promised land.

‘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,’ he encouraged. The President further called on Ghanaians to protect the country’s natural resources by desisting from cutting down trees.

‘It is turning out to be a constant refrain, but, on a day like this, we cannot ignore the state of our environment. We are endangering the very survival of the beautiful and blessed land that our forebears bequeathed to us. The dense forests, that were home to varied trees, plants and fauna, have largely disappeared.

Today, we import timber for our use, and the description of our land as a tropical forest no longer fits the reality. Our rivers and lakes are disappearing, and those that still exist are all polluted. It bears repeating that we do not own the land, but hold it in trust for generations yet unborn. We have a right to exploit the bounties of the earth and extract the minerals and even redirect the path of the rivers, but we do not have the right to denude the land of the plants and fauna nor poison the rivers and lakes,’ he said. He paid homage to the country’s fore fathers.‘

There is nothing we can do better to pay homage to those who fought to free us from bondage than to dedicate this 60th independence anniversary to protecting our environment and regenerating the lands and water bodies. I have confidence that we can and will achieve the dreams of our forebears. I am hopeful that we will continue to make ourselves worthy inheritors of this land.

I know that we will wear the accolade of being a Ghanaian with pride. Let us mobilize for the happy and prosperous Ghana of tomorrow, in which all of us, including our youth, our women and the vulnerable in our society, will have equal opportunities to realise their potential, and build lives of dignity.’ he stated. 

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM

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