President John Dramani Mahama has stated that, Ghana is moving in the right direction in terms of growth and development in various sectors, therefore citizens should be optimistic and believe in the country.
He was speaking at the Holy Ghost Temple of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adenta on Sunday. The president said, said the fact that the rate of maternal and infant mortality has decreased significantly and life expectancy increased above the average of most African countries, show the country is making progress.
“What we are enjoying today is a cumulative work of all the governments that have… so when a new government comes you don’t have to start from level one, you start from where they left off and then you take it to the next level so cumulatively we are making good progress.
If you take all the UN human development indicators, it gives clear evidence that this country is moving in the right direction. Maternal mortality is falling, infant mortality is dropping and life expectancy is the highest in West Africa, average 63 years where as in other countries it is 52 years.
According to him, “76% of the population have access to clean drinking water, more than 80% of our people have access to electricity and so you can see that we are making progress.”
The president on to admonish those with cynical attitude and lack of faith in the future of the country in spite of the developments. “Sometimes I wonder and ask myself, it looks like outsiders have more faith in our country than we ourselves have in our country.
We think that our country is a basket case and anything that we do, we cannot make it, but you go our self and they appreciate what you are doing.’’ He said, “if we continue to work the way we are doing and we continue on the right track this nation will not only be a model of democracy, but it will be a model of economic prosperity in West Arica.”