Things Are Difficult For Everyone On The Planet Not Only Us – Akufo-Addo To Ghanaians

President Nana Akufo-Addo has said “I know these are difficult times for us”, observing: “Undoubtedly, 2021 has proven to be a tough year not only for us but also for everyone on the planet”.

In his 2021 Christmas message on the eve of the yuletide, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “This is the stark reality of the situation, not an excuse”, adding: “Indeed, but for the bold and timely measures put in place by the government to cushion Ghanaians against the worst effects of the pandemic, our situation would have been more precarious”.

However, he noted: “For the purposes of propaganda and narrow partisan and parochial interests, some would have you believe that the difficulties we are facing are purely Ghanaian phenomena made by the NPP government under my leadership. Pay no heed to such persons”.

Read President Nana Akufo-Addo’s full Christmas message below:

President Akufo-Addo Delivers 2021 Christmas Message

Fellow Ghanaians,

The season of Christmas is upon us again, signalling the end of yet another year. On behalf of the First Lady, my wife Rebecca, my daughters, my grandchildren and my entire family, and on behalf of the government, I send best wishes to all Christians in Ghana, and, indeed, around the world, for a Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a Happy New Year to all Ghanaians and citizens of the world.

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and as we give and receive His Goodwill in this Holy Season, I urge all of us to bear in mind the true meaning of His life on Earth.

He was born to reconcile man to God, and, in so doing, demanded that we love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind… and love our neighbours as our ourselves. The cardinal principles of Christianity – charity, faith, humility, love and reconciliation –should guide us in this festive season and beyond.

Fellow Ghanaians, I know these are difficult times for us. Undoubtedly, 2021 has proven to be a tough year not only for us but also for everyone on the planet. COVID-19 has affected every sector of the global economy and our national life; nothing, in its path, has been spared its ravages.

Our economy, which was growing at an average of 7% in 2017, in 2018 and in 2019, grew by 0.4% in 2020, because growth in industry, services, tourism and manufacturing sectors, which drive the economy and provide jobs for many Ghanaians, contracted dramatically in 2020, as a result of the sudden disruption in the global supply chain and the steep decline in the global economy, which sent the global economy into recession.

This is the stark reality of the situation, not an excuse. Indeed, but for the bold and timely measures put in place by the government to cushion Ghanaians against the worst effects of the pandemic, our situation would have been more precarious.

For the purposes of propaganda and narrow partisan and parochial interests, some would have you believe that the difficulties we are facing are purely Ghanaian phenomena made by the NPP government under my leadership. Pay no heed to such persons.

They know the truth but cannot speak it. The significant fact for me is my determination to pull us out of this situation. The government has designed a solid programme for the recovery and revitilisation of the economy, which is the one hundred-billion-cedi Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme. We have completed the implementation of the Stabilisation Phase in 2021, which saw the economy grow at 6.6% in the 3rd quarter of 2021, with a projected overall growth of 4.4% for 2021. 2022 and 2023 will be the years of Recovery and Revitalisation and faster economic growth.

Already, there are clear signs that the economy is bouncing back strongly, just as there are welcome indications that the global economy is also recovering. The work undertaken by my government, over the last five (5) years, in education, healthcare delivery, agricultural and industrial transformation, infrastructural enhancement, especially in the road sector, the empowerment of the security services, and the development of the digital economy, amongst others, is evident. I appeal to you to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my government in these trying times.

You have stood with me most of my adult life; you gave me a resounding victory in 2016, and you returned me to office again, with the help of God, with another decisive victory in 2020, because I fulfilled, largely, the commitments I made to you in 2016. United in our democracy, we will emerge from this difficult patch stronger and even more resilient. Let us not see the economic difficulties of today as the blueprint for tomorrow. I am a firm, passionate believer in our national potential. We have it in us to rise up and revive our fortunes. There are brighter days ahead for Mother Ghana.

As Christmas fills our hearts with gratitude, let us not forget that COVID-19 is still very much in our midst. The number of active cases is currently on the rise. So, let us act and live responsibly, let us continue to adhere to the protocols of social distancing, enhanced hygiene and mask-wearing. We have, for nearly two (2) years, been wearing masks, avoiding shaking hands and using sanitisers, which have been uncomfortable experiences for us all, even though they have helped keep us safe.

The science tells us that getting vaccinated is the most effective way to defeat the virus and go back to our normal way of life, re-open fully our economy, and return our nation onto the path of progress and prosperity.

The government has succeeded in securing considerable quantities of vaccines for the country, numbering nearly twenty-three million (23 million) doses so far. So, I entreat all those who have not been vaccinated to do so.

Our responsibility to one another requires that we be vaccinated. Let us all celebrate the season safely and responsibly, and maintain the peace of the nation. It is my fervent hope that this Christmas will be celebrated without any road accidents. Drivers must minimise their speed, take due precaution for other road users, drive without the influence of alcohol, and wear their seat belts, as must all passengers. And please, in the name of Christian charity, remember to help those who are less fortunate in this festive season. Me ma mo nyinaa afeyhia pa !! Min ha nyɛ fɛɛ afi oo afi, afi eya ni eba nina wͻ.

May God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

‘Don’t let internal competition hinder our efforts to break the 8’ – Nana Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to remain resolute in its quest to win the 2024 general election.

“Competition, we cannot avoid competition. Competition there will be, but let that competition help the party and not hinder the party so that we can break the 8 in 2024,” said the President.

Addressing a gathering at the NPP’s Delegates Conference today [Sunday, December 19, 2021], the President said the NPP’s victory in the next election is hinged on party members’ ability to stay united.

“The 2024 election is for us to lose. If we conduct ourselves well, we remain united and we have a level playing field [we can secure a victory in the election].

‘No government has our record’

In touting the NPP’s achievements, the President said the government had expended resources on various sectors of the economy, as compared to the previous government.

“We have spent more money on improving the circumstances of our people than any government in the 4th republic. And I am very proud that we are the government that has brought this level of achievement to the people. So when you leave here, go with your shoulders and hand right in the sky that you belong to a  government that has been most diligent in supporting the welfare of the people of Ghana.

“No government has our record in expenditure on social and economic transformation. What is the one policy that the NDC and their leader John Mahama have thought about in these five years in opposition? The answer is zero.”

Y3n Gye Bio!! We Won’t Take Bribes From Ghanaians Again – Police Service Promises IGP [Video]

In a new video that has gone viral on social media, the Ghana Police Service promises the Inspector General of Police that they would rehabilitate their tarnished image, which has tarnished the Police Service’s integrity.

There has been some law and order under the leadership of new police chief Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, as his actions against some celebrities brought some sanity to social media.

The service is progressively capturing the hearts of the public under the leadership of the new Inspector General of Police.

The new shuttle service has aided in the transportation of police officers as well as pedestrians who are looking for a ride.

The frequent collection of bribes on the road and at their stations has become a nightmare for Ghanaians, particularly drivers.

Well, that seems to have been addressed as a new video shows some police officers pledging not to take bribes again.

In unison, a group of officers could be seen chanting “Yen Gye Biom” which translates to English as we won’t take gain.

Watch The Video Below:

Akufo-Addo, Mahama Must Meet Over Budget Crisis in Parliament – Pianim

Kwame Pianim, a renowned economist has suggested that both President Akufo-Addo and former president John Dramani Mahama meet to resolve the deadlock over the Budget in Ghana’s hung Parliament.

The current parliament is split down the middle between the two main political parties, posing the risk of gridlock on Ghana’s problems, especially over passage of the 2022 Budget Statement.

Resign Or Be Sacked: Akufo-Addo Reportedly Issues Ultimatum To Adwoa Safo After Refusing To Resume Work

Substantive Minister for Gender and Social Protection, and MP for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo has reportedly been given an ultimatum to resign or be sacked after refusing to resume work, online portal MYNEWSGH has reported.

The Minister is reported to have refused to resume work since returning to the country over 2 weeks ago.

Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Dapaah has been overseeing the Ministry as caretaker even after Madam Adwoa Safo’s extended leave elapsed.

There have been rumours that the Dome Kwabenya MP was the target of President Akufo-Addo’s travel ban to NPP MPs, after the President picked up reports that she was planning to travel outside the country again after the approval of the 2022 budget.

Madam Adwoa Safo appears to be aggrieved after President Akufo-Addo ordered her to reinstate Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah as the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme after she had dismissed her.

President Akufo-Addo’s backing of Madam Quashigah, widow of the late Major Courage Quashigah, former Minister for Agriculture under the Kuffuor regime, appears to be the reason for Madam Adwoa Safo’s unwillingness to resume duty as Minister.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

COVID-19: Stop hoarding vaccines; it’s not helping anyone – Nana Addo to EU

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hit hard at European countries for what he calls the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines.

President Akufo-Addo insisted that the geopolitics attached to the distribution of the vaccines is not helping the fight against the pandemic.

Addressing the European Parliament in France on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, President Akufo-Addo said less than 10% of the population of Africa has been vaccinated against the virus as against 70% of the EU population, as of August 2021.

This he said, does not augur well for the collective fight against the virus. According to him, no one is safe until everyone is safe.

President Akufo-Addo thus charged the EU to ensure there is equitable distribution of vaccines across the board to ensure the collective safety of all.

“The unsavoury politics of vaccine nationalism we are witnessing could however potentially derail global efforts made at containing the pandemic. To date, less than 10% of Africa has been vaccinated in comparison to the EU for example which as of August has vaccinated 70% of its population.”

“The phenomenon of hoarding vaccines will worsen even further as countries begin to administer booster shots in response to the threats posed by the Omicron variant of the virus. I am a firm believer in the statement that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

President Akufo-Addo recently criticised the travel bans issued against some African countries because of the Omicron strain of the coronavirus.

He described the bans as instruments of immigration control.

We repeated our firm opposition to all attempts to single out African countries for the imposition of travel bans, as instruments of immigration control, when we are told, for example, that the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which was recently sequenced and reported by South African scientists, was discovered much earlier in the Netherlands”.

His comments followed the decision by the US, UK and EU to bar entry to travellers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Egypt, Mozambique, Malawi and Nigeria, following the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Akufo-Addo commissions shoe factory under 1D1F initiative (photos)

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned a shoe factory under the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative.

The Shoe Fabriek Ltd is located in the Eastern region was commissioned yesterday, October 7, 2021. The factory was established in February 2021, focuses on making high-quality shoes and apparel for children, men and women. has compiled some photos from the commissioning of the factory.

1. Akufo-Addo cutting the tape to officially open the factory.

2. A front view of the Shoe Fabreik factory

3. An outline of the company’s mission and vision.

4. Akufo-Addo sampling one of the finished products from the factory.

Akufo-Addo commissions Garment Manufacturing company earlier reported that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned a garment manufacturing company at Koforidua in the Eastern Region. The MaaGrace Company Ltd, which would be operating under the government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative, was commissioned on Tuesday, 5th October 2021. The garment company will specialise in the production of utility clothing, uniforms for security forces, hotels, schools, and hospital scrubs. During President Akufo-Addo’s visit to the Eastern region as part of his duties, he officially commissioned the company which had been in operation since 2003 under former president John Agyekum Kufuor.