President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians to change their attitude towards nation building so as to be able to change the destiny and image of the country.
Addressing the nation at the Black Star Square in Accra to commemorate Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebration, the president stated that even though underachievement may have been a major part of the history of the country thus far, “it should no longer be part of our destiny.”
“. . .The only nation we are destined to become is the one we choose and decide to be. We do not have to accept someone’s definition of Africa or of Ghana. We must define and craft our destiny,” he encouraged.
This, Nana Akufo-Addo Said, cannot happen until Ghanaians decide to support the nation building agenda “deliberately” before the fortunes of the country can be changed.
He said: “. . achieving our destiny requires a deliberate, qualitative change in all aspects of our lives; especially, in the structure of our economy, the state of our infrastructure, the education of our young people and acquisition of skills and above all, in our attitudes and the holding firm to the values that define us. “
Ghana Beyond Aid
The President also reiterated his commitment to putting Ghana at position beyond aid, saying “. . I am keen to have the support of all of us in this enterprise.”
He said the Ghana Beyond Aid “is not a pie in the sky nose” but a campaign that all should rally behind to build Ghana to “resist oppressors’ rule.”
“As a start, we have to do things differently. Business as usual will not do it. It cannot happen by waving a magic wand. And it cannot be achieved overnight. Indeed, the most rapid cases of economic and social transformation in history, those in South East Asia, generally spanned a period of about 30 years; about a generation. We cannot wait that long; we have wasted enough time already. ,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He continued that: “To get to a Ghana Beyond Aid, we will have to effectively harness our own resources and deploy them creatively and efficiently deploy them for rapid economic and social transformation.”