President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been sworn into office for a second term as President of Ghana. In his inaugural speech delivered Thursday in Parliament, President Akufo-Addo gave an indication of what he hopes to achieve over the next four years.
In his address, the President said he hopes to complete some infrastructure projects including the provision of roads within a year while others such as establishing a strong economy did not come with any timelines.
Graphic Online takes a look at six of the promises he made in his inaugural address [Jan 7, 2021].
1. Establishing a strong economy
President Akufo-Addo said establishing a strong economy will be the main preoccupation of his second term.
He said a strong economy will generate jobs for young people and enhance living standards to the levels Ghanaians expect.
He said: "Today, our economy, even in the face of the global pandemic of COVID-19, continues to show resilience and a much faster rate of recovery than originally envisaged, and was, indeed, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world in 2020. Ghana remains one of the most attractive destinations on the continent for foreign direct investment, with the presence in the country of some of the world’s largest conglomerates attesting to this fact. Establishing a strong economy, undergoing structural transformation to value-added activities, which will generate jobs for our young people and enhance their living standards, will be the main preoccupation of my second term".
2. Nationwide electrification
According to data from the World Bank (2018), 82.4 percent of the Ghanaian population have access to electricity.
President Akufo-Addo has assured that by the end of his second term the entire country will be connected to electricity.
"The remaining fifteen per cent (15%) of our communities without electricity would be covered by the end of my second term," the President assured.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo began his second term yesterday, promising to preoccupy himself with the building of pathways that would create jobs for young people.
He said the last four years had taught him that Ghanaians would no longer accept poverty and deprivation as their portion, but were rather determined to work to chart a path of growth and development for themselves.
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Consequently, he said: “Establishing a strong economy and undergoing structural transformation to value-added activities, which will generate jobs for our young people and enhance their living standards, will be the main preoccupation of my second term.”
President Akufo-Addo said this in his inaugural address after he had taken the Oath of Allegiance and the Presidential Oath, administered by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, before Parliament on the precincts of Parliament House.
The President said in the next four years there would be tremendous efforts to create the Ghana everybody wanted to see: “ the democratic, free, prosperous and united Ghana envisioned by our founder fathers as the Black Star of Africa”.
Therefore, he called for the support and contribution of all citizens.
Taking a look at his first term, he said: “I was able to count on the contribution of all citizens in attempting to create this Ghana.”
“What I have seen these last four years is further evidence, if any were needed, that the Ghanaian will no longer accept poverty and deprivation as his or her portion, but is rather determined to work to chart a path of growth and development for himself or herself,” President Akufo-Addo said.
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The event attracted close to two dozen of Heads of State, representatives of more than 12 countries, as well as leaders of international organisations.
Also present were members of the Council of State, heads of the security agencies, traditional leaders, members of the clergy and some prominent members of the Ghanaian society.
Prominent among them were former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the wife of the late former Vice-President Aliu Mahama, Mrs Ramatu Mahama.
Parliament was convened by its new Speaker, Mr Albert Kingsford Sumana Bagbin.
The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, with the Holy Koran in his hand, was the first to take the Oath of Allegiance and the Presidential Oath administered by the Chief Justice.
President Akufo-Addo said his re-election with a clear margin of over 500,000 votes was a demonstration of the confidence reposed in him, appreciation for the achievements he had chalked up in the first four years, as well as the considerable amount of work to be executed to drive the nation onto the path of progress, prosperity and development.
He said just like his predecessors Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and Kufuor, he had been blessed with two terms and thanked God and Ghanaians for renewing his mandate, adding that the accomplishment of the mandate was going to take place within the context of Ghana’s maturing democracy.
“The sheer can-do-spirit of the Ghanaian, which I have witnessed all my life, is the bedrock on which we can build the Ghana of our dreams. Indeed, four years ago, at my first inauguration, I urged all Ghanaians to be citizens and not spectators,” he said.
Forecast by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) suggests that the global aviation industry’s full recovery compared to that of 2019 levels is not expected anytime soon until 2024.
In spite of these projections, domestically, Ghana seems to have made some strong gains in the aviation sector recovery even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic so far.
As days go by in 2021, this article seeks to highlight some key events that are expected to take place in Ghana’s commercial aviation circle
South African Airways to resume operations
After years of battling with financial and managerial issues which led to the temporary suspension of its operations in 2020, South African Airways will be expected to resume its scheduled flights from Accra to Johannesburg and Washington DC.
A six-member board which was established last year by the South African Government is expected to help in the re-positioning of the airline for commercial operations relaunch this year.
Additional Option for Passengers Travelling to United States
United Airlines is expected to commence operations this year in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Last year, the airline indicated that plans are far advanced in seeking regulatory approval from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for operations in the first quarter of 2021.
United plans of servicing the Washington – Accra route from the Dulles International Airport, with three weekly flights.
With the re-emergence of United, which operated some years back in Ghana, passengers will now have more options to choose between United, Delta and South African Airways when planning travels to the United States with competitive booking offers in mind.
United is an American-based airline which ranks amongst the top five largest airlines in the world in terms of fleet size.
To operate scheduled flights between Accra and other African markets
Similar to the case of United Airlines, vflyAir also plans of setting up a commercial business in Ghana in the first quarter of 2021. Per what is known, vflyAir plans of operating cargo and passenger services in some key West Africa (Accra, Abidjan, Dakar), Central Africa (Libreville, Kinshasa), North Africa (Tunis, Cairo) and Southern Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda) markets.
Something tangible, more than hope for National Carrier
After the collapse of Ghana Airways over a decade ago, Ghanaians will be expecting more from the government in the establishment and operationalization of a national carrier.
Ghana’s decision to establish a national carrier is at advanced stages considering the assurances given by the Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda last year that, the government and its strategic partner EgytptAir are waiting for Parliamentary and Cabinet decisions before proceeding with operationalization plans.
So far, it is unclear the routes which the new airline will operate, however, the airline is tipped to compete keenly in the West African aviation market.
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