President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he sees exciting times ahead as he has pledged to make the rule of law the underlying tenet of the lives of Ghanaians under his leadership as the 5th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
In his inaugural speech Saturday January 7, 2017 following his victory in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, President Akufo-Addo said “I see exciting times ahead. The rule of law will be the underlying tenet of our lives; and the law will be applicable to all of us, and not just some.”
“We will have to work hard, harder than we have ever done before; and the hard work will be done by all of us, and not just some. There will be discipline in all sectors of our lives; and this applies to all of us, not just some”, he emphasized.
He also said the public service will be accorded the dignity and respect it deserves, and be made to attract the bright young people it needs.
The President acknowledged there will always be the need for a safety net for the vulnerable in our society, as in all other societies but gave the assurance that nation will work when the marginalised and vulnerable are catered for and treated with respect.
Our elderly people will be recognised for their roles in building Ghana and assured of care in the dusk of their lives.
“We should all recognise the danger we face by the alarming degradation of our environment and work to protect our water bodies, our forests, our lands and the oceans. We should learn and accept that we do not own the land, but hold it in trust for generations yet unborn and, therefore, have a responsibility to take good care of it and all it contains.
Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, Osagyefo, said at the end of 1957, the year of our independence: “We shall measure our progress by the happiness which our people take in being able to manage their own affairs.”
Since March 6, 1957, we all say as a matter of routine that we are Ghanaians. It is time to define what being a Ghanaian ought to mean.
Being a Ghanaian must stand for something more than the holder of a birth certificate or a certain passport. Being a Ghanaian must put certain responsibilities on each one of us”, he said.
Mr. Akufu-Addo encouraged; “Calling yourself a Ghanaian must mean you have signed up to a certain definable code and conduct. Being a Ghanaian puts an obligation on each one of us to work at building a fair, prosperous and happy nation.”