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Francis-Xavier Sosu: Akufo-Addo’s 2021 SONA leaves a great deal to be preferred.

Francis-Xavier Sosu: Akufo-Addo’s 2021 SONA leaves a great deal to be preferred.

President Akufo-Addo analyzing his first kingdom of the nation's cope with in his second term

As a first time Member of Parliament, it is interesting listening to the President of Ghana present the state of the international locations deal with (SONA) in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 charter of Ghana.

whilst it's far crucial to acknowledge that for a continuing administration, the President speaks at the real outcomes of crucial interventions carried out by way of his government, it changed into similarly essential to give the genuine photograph of the kingdom in terms of the economic system, training, physical and social infrastructure, amongst many others.

To this cease, the national debt inventory which presently stands at GhS286.nine billion as of November 2020, representing seventy four.four% of Gross domestic Product (GDP), become a critical issue however conspicuous missing within the SONA.

it's also abnormal that the word ‘Corruption’ became missing in the President’s SONA, mainly when issues of corruption were very vital due to the directive to continue on compulsory go away and subsequent retirement of the Auditor wellknown which many trust become politically motivated because his paintings changed into exposing corruption inside the government of the President. 

On an afternoon including this whilst the President fulfills his constitutional obligation to the human beings of Ghana via their elected representatives, the President changed into once more silent at the raging difficulty of LGBTQI+ rights. This become a missed possibility by means of the President to put the controversy to relaxation by no longer only stating his role on the matter formally, but also advocate to introduce the ideal legislative regime in order to permanently settle this debate – much like his dedication to revisit the Agyapa Royalties agreement.

The President additionally did not give a clean indication of the predominant policy route or set of guidelines in order to offer a pathway to financial healing in a publish COVID-19 era.

again, the President did now not offer a status file of the 12 months of Roads 2020 and yet has curiously declared 2021 a 2nd yr of Roads. How do Ghanaians rely upon a promise of 2nd 12 months of Roads whilst the primary failed to yield a whole lot wanted dividends? 

The President did now not make comments on vital matters such as the state of unemployment within the usa, his views on events leading to the resignation of the unique Prosecutor and measures followed with the aid of authorities to empower the office of unique Prosecutor (OSP), and his approach to tackle corruption going ahead.

In conclusion, it need to be cited that the nation of the country address (SONA) have to not be seen most effective as a constitutional responsibility and yearly lifestyle, but as an opportunity for the President to report on the real fame of the usa together with the temper of the usa, social and financial energy and weaknesses, as well as unveiling the government’s agenda for the coming 12 months to tackle essential demanding situations dealing with the state. If that remains our dedication and preference as a human beings, then this year’s SONA leaves a great deal to be desired.

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