Things are dire but we must be grateful – Akufo-Addo

9th March 2023

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaians to be grateful and count their blessings despite the crippling and dire economic crisis.

The President in his state of the nation address on Wednesday, March 8, said his government despite the economic meltdown has managed to ensure the regular supply of basic amenities.

“Things may be dire today, nonetheless, we must count our blessings. Our petrol stations have fuel, and we have been spared long, winding queues to fuel our vehicles. Our markets and shops are, by the Grace of God, well-stocked, and we have not been faced with the prospect of the rationing of basic necessities such as fruits and vegetables.

“Our children’s schooling has not been interrupted. We have continued to provide Free SHS, Free TVET and pay teacher and nursing training allowances. Our electricity supply has been consistent, and we have been spared the hardship of Dumsor during such a trying time. Our country continues to be stable and at peace.

“Throughout history, there are many instances of nations going through periods where dark clouds create shadows that momentarily shield the yearned-for vision from sight. Such moments should not be ones in which despair takes over. Such moments call for the strength of character, sense of purpose and an abiding commitment to the general good.

“Fellow Ghanaians, let us believe in ourselves, and in our capacity to overcome the problems that are before us. This is a phase, and, with every fibre of my being, I am certain that this too shall pass. We have done it before, and we will do it again.”

President Akufo-Addo also has rejected reports to the effect that the government blatantly misapplied funds intended for the country’s fight against COVID-19.

“The economic consequences of the pandemic have been devastating. It is precisely because the economic fallout from the pandemic was so widespread and long-lasting that it is important to show clearly that the COVID funds were not misused. It is critical that we do not lose the confidence of the people that a crisis that they were led to believe we were all in together was abused for personal gain.”

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