The President’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) to Parliament on Thursday will outline key economic successes chalked since he assumed power in 2017, government sources have said.
He is also expected to give a progress report on some of government flagship programmes like the ‘One District One Factory’ and measures instituted to beat down the cost of doing business.
“He will speak on almost every sector of the economy and what his government has done over the last two years to justify the mandate and confidence reposed in him by the Ghanaian people,” said a close source.
The sources say the address today will also highlight how various policy measures implemented by the government have expanded the economy by providing highlights on the gains made in the agricultural sector, job creation, among others.
The annual address is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which states: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation.”
The 2019 SONA, just like the previous years’ is expected to focus on the performance of the economy, agriculture, social protection, and politics.
With security at the fore of national discussions recently following the January 31 shooting incident that marred by-elections at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, the recent shooting incident at the Ashanti Region headquarters of the National Democratic Congress and reported kidnappings, the President is likely to focus significantly on national security issues.
State-owned Daily Graphic newspaper reports that after speaking to “number of civil servants at the various ministries in Accra…to find out their expectations of the SONA, they said they expected the President to place a lot of emphasis on the issue of security, particularly political vigilantism and the measures to implement to have them disbanded immediately.”