It can be said that a lot of people have taken a hidden sigh of relief as the United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson pledged US’ full support for Ghana’s election come November.
This was made known on Wednesday by Robert Jackson who is the new US Ambassador to Ghana when he presented his credentials and declared the US’ readiness to help Ghana in ensuring the elections are free and fair.
This will of course enhance US’ relationship with Ghana. According to Robert Jackson, US’ support is a good way of showing that the country is on Ghana’s side. Robert Jackson is hopeful that with their co-operation towards ensuring a credible election, US would become a good ally to the country.
As it is, US and Ghana would be going to the polls in November although Ghana would be starting a day before the US.
“This is a unique year for our democracies, we have November, your country will vote, 24 hours later and my country will go to the polls. In both cases, I’m confident that it will continue to the traditions of peaceful, credible election,” he said.
Robert Jackson was sworn in as the US ambassador to Ghana on November 2015. The U.S. Senate had confirmed Ambassador Jackson’s nomination in October, 2015 but he however only arrived Ghana to take up his duties in January 2016. He had categorized the U.S partnership with Ghana in four key areas; democracy, prosperity, security and health, and equally expressed commitment to deepening their partnership further. He also dwelt on the issue of security armed forces and sensitization programmes for HIV, Malaria, terrorism, trafficking, etc.
“In looking at prosperity and economic growth, it’s clear that addressing the energy issues through Power Africa and the Millennium Challenge Compact will take us a long way. In addition, I believe that our investments in agriculture and our partnership in education will also ensure that we can build opportunities for Ghanaian youth,” he stated.