President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on leaders of political parties to set the tone for political discourse in the country.
Delivering his speech on the 62nd Independence the President noted that competitive politics would always thrive on debates and heated arguments, “sometimes with raised voices”but in the midst of argument p must always have mutual respect for opposing view point.
Nana Akuffo stated “under a multi party system there should election that should be keenly fought. There is no room for violence in the process. It should be a contest of ideas that seek the heart of Ghanaians. Concept of political violence is offensive”
“There should be no room for violence in this process [elections],” he said adding that “success should not be measured by how many young people can be marshalled to disrupt elections or how many broken bones we can count.”
The President also noted that he is hopeful the “impending dialogue” between the two main political parties the NPP and the NDC on ending electoral related violence will succeed.
Nana Akuffo Addo reiterated his commitment to end political violence. “I will spare no efforts including initiating legislation to ensure that we rid our nation of political violence’
On the issue of galamsey, the President congratulated the Security Service for their commitment in the fight against galamsey.
He indicated that there cannot be successful police without cooperation from the citizens. The president therefore called on the citizenry to cooperate with the Police service as they maintain peace and order in the country,
He also urged the Police Service to dedicate themselves in serving the citizenry and go about their duties professionally in order to win the trust of Ghanaians. The President was however happy about plans by the police service to modernize its operation saying it will enable the service meet international standards.
On tourism the President indicated that Ghana have lots of tourists sites and things to showcase to the world but the Tourism Authority must start with Ghanaians.
“The Tourism authority must get it work cut out. when they get it right with the internal tourists it will ready to cope with foreign tourists’.
He urged those living in the big cities to get around the country since it might change their outlook and make them a little more tolerant of difficulties that that they need to overcome.
Nana Akufo Addo congratulated the people of Tamale for hosting the independence day ceremony adding that “this has never been done before and doubtless we shall learn from experience”
He said the success of Tamale experience may however set the tone for the trend of the rotation of the independence ceremony.
The President said “As we celebrate 62nd birthday we should be fortified in knowledge that despite of challenges and difficulties we are on course of reaching Ghana Beyond aid that is realizing the vision of free, fair, democratic, self reliance, prosperous Ghana governed by the rule of law and respect for human rights that in spite of our fore-bearers to fight for the liberation of our country and continent from foreign domination”
He called on Ghanaians to remain steadfast and united saying ‘the goal is within reach.”