LET’S END PARTY VIGILANTISM AKUFO-ADDO
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President Akufo-Addo has appealed to the leaders of the two main political parties — NPP and NDC — to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to the unacceptable and worrying trend of party vigilantism in the country.

 

He also directed the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC, preferably next week to initiate the exchange of ideas to see to the end of the trend.

 

President Akufo- Addo made the appeal on Thursday when he presented his third State of the Nation address to Parliament.

 

“Vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the true basis of political dialogue and competition in our country, not the activities of party vigilante groups. The security services of the country will be on standby to assist this meeting. If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I will initiate legislation on the matter,” he stated.

 

To this end, the President indicated that he would not permit any compromise of the nation’s peace and security, nor put the lives of Ghanaians in danger under his watch.

 

“Mr. Speaker, what was tolerated over the years cannot and must not be accepted anymore.  We must not take our peace and security for granted, not for a moment. Our children and grandchildren will not forgive us if we were to compromise our peace and stability.  I will not permit that to happen under my watch. Our forebears paid too high a price, with their blood and toil, to bequeath to us this beautiful nation; the lives of our citizens are too precious to waste,” he stated.

 

He pointed out that production in the economy, as measured by real GDP growth, had picked up very strongly in the last two years, with real GDP growth for 2019 forecasted at 7.6 per cent, explaining that, interest rates are declining, and so is the Bank of Ghana Monetary Policy Rate.

 

“Our trade balance account, for the first time in more than a decade, recorded a surplus in 2017, and is expected to remain in surplus. In May 2018, a US$2 billion Eurobond was issued for 30 and 10 years of US$1 billion each with coupon rates of 8.627% and 7.625% respectively, and these were the lowest rate and the longest maturity in our history, signifying confidence in the economy. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that today, Ghana is the leading recipient of Foreign Direct Investment in West Africa”.

 

On education, President Akufo-Addo said a new standards-based curriculum, will be rolled out from kindergarten to Class Six in primary schools in September 2019.

 

“This curriculum has drawn upon the best practices from all over the world, and will focus on making Ghanaian children confident, innovative, creative-thinking, digitally-literate, well-rounded, patriotic citizens. Mathematics, Science, Reading, Writing and Creativity are, therefore, at the heart of this new curriculum,” he elaborated.

 

The President further announced that government is set to construct 10 state-of-the-art Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Centres this year and attractive to assure young people that they are not being sent to second best options. 

 

On housing, he announced that the Ministry of Finance is working to launch a one billion Ghana cedi housing fund that would target low-income earners while Government continues with the other housing projects for the police, armed forces and government workers across the country, through agencies like the State Housing Corporation.

 

Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)