In President Akufo-Addo’s address to the nation on the dissolution of the 7th Parliament, he stated that his four years in office as President of the Republic has witnessed many moments of great satisfaction, frustration and some moments of disappointment.
According to the President, the outcome of the circumstances in the past four years in his administration is not surprising as he did not expect that everything that his government tries to do would have universal acceptance.
“These past four years, it has been a joy and a great privilege to serve our nation as President. They were many moments of great satisfaction, some moments of frustration and some moments of disappointment. That is not saying anything special, that is life, and I did not expect that everything that government tries to do would have universal acceptance,” he stated.
He stressed that just as the country’s economy was about to shoot higher, the unexpected struck and the world was literally changed overnight with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, shaking the economies and public health systems including some of the wealthiest and most developed countries to their knees.
The unexpected struck and our world was literally changed overnight with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. This pandemic has shaken the economies and public health systems the world over and brought even some of the wealthiest and most developed countries to their knees.
“At the end of 2019, the economy was characterised by strong growth in response to the implementation of government flagship programs, single-digit inflation, reduced fiscal deficits with three consecutive years of primary surpluses, relatively stable exchange reserve buffers, and markedly reduced lending rates,” he stated.
“The global pandemic of COVID-19 threatened to derail the progress chalked over the first three years of my administration. Its impact has led to the revision in GDP growth for 2020, from 6.8% to 0.9% and later to 1.9% to reflect a significant slowdown in economic activities as a consequence of the effects of COVID-19 on lives and livelihoods,” he stressed.
Commenting on the strategy of his government to fight the COVID-19, President Akufo-Addo said that the first priority in fighting the pandemic has been and will continue to be the health and safety of Ghanaians.
In view of the government’s priority, President Akufo-Addo stated that they pioneered lifesaving innovations that the World Health Organization (WHO) has since sought to replicate elsewhere.
To him, the success in fighting the COVID-19, thus far, is a testament to the tireless work of Ghanaian researchers, scientists, advisors, public health management, frontline health workers, hospital staff, contact tracers and so many others who have dedicated themselves to the fight to keep Ghanaians safe.
“Our success, thus far, is a testament to the tireless work of our researchers, scientists, advisors, public health management, frontline health workers, hospital staff, contact tracers and so many others who have dedicated themselves to the fight to keep Ghanaians safe. Our nation is deeply indebted to them”.
“Throughout the period, I have tried to keep the Ghanaian people informed with the regular broadcast so we all know what is going on. This led to the phrase ‘fellow Ghanaians’ attaining a new status as Ghanaians brought their famed ingenuity to find relief in the doom of the devastation being wreaked by the pandemic”.
“Our artists and designers have brought their expertise to bring unexpected relief. We are wearing the “Fellow Ghanaians” and “This Too Shall Pass” fabric with pride and the knowledge that we are able to find something positive out of the darkest events,” he stated.