President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will today being Tuesday, the 21st of February, deliver a State of the Nation Address to the Parliament.
The State of the Nation Address which is going to be the first from the fifth President of the fourth republic, will be delivered on the floor of Ghana’s House of Parliament.
The President through the Address, will disclose to the Parliament, the state of the country’s various sectors – Food and Agriculture, Health, Education, Security, Science and Technology, Energy, Economy, etc. as were left by the immediate past administration. He is also expected to relate to the House, his developmental plans and policies for achieving his goals for the country in the next four years.
It is also expected that the President will say a lot about the economy, considering the loud buzzes the NPP has been making about the country’s economic condition under the NDC administration.
According to the Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid while speaking on Citi Eyewitnesses News on Monday, 20th February; Nana Addo is very eager about the occasion and has prepared seriously for it; seeing that it is his maiden address since assuming office as president. Mr. Hamid disclosed that it is the President’s desire to deliver an address that will interest Ghanaians and make them buy into his vision and plans towards making the country better.
President Akufo-Addo in a letter dated Thursday, 9th February notified the Speaker of the Parliament, Hon. Prof. Michael Oquaye of his intention to deliver a State of the Nation Address.
“…I wish to notify you that I intend to deliver a message on the state of the nation on February 21, 2017. Please accept Mr Speaker, the assurance of my highest esteem and best wishes,” part of Akufo-Addo’s letter reads.
Nana Addo indicated in the letter, that his intention is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution which states that: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation”.
The Speaker in turn made the announcement on the floor of the House during the next day [Friday]’s sitting.
Nana Akufo-Addo since after his inauguration as President on January 7, has been occupied with setting up his administrative crew – appointing ministers, presidential staffers, heads of government institutions, and so on.
The president nominated 36 ministers for the various ministries operating in the country. The 36 minister-nominees whose list were released in three batches of 12, 13 and 11 respectively, have all been sworn into office following their vetting and approval by the Parliament.
The President as well appointed 10 regional ministers, presidential staffers as well as heads of government institutions such as the National Service Scheme (NSS), National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), etc.
Coming at the heels of Nana Addo’s first State of the Nation Address is presentation of the 2017 budget which according to the president will be read by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Attah on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017. It is expected that the Akufo-Add government will kick off activities in earnest after these two important occasions.