UNDOUBTEDLY, last years was an eventful year, full of prospects and challenges. As, a nation we have been able to make some progress in various spheres of life and have drawn useful lessons from some of the challenges in our national development.

Certainly, this year is also expected to bring lots of opportunities as well as challenges. It would as usual require hard work and dedication on the part of all Ghanaian to make the year 2019 an impactful one.

It has become a common practice for individuals to come out with new year “resolutions” of their expectation the new year. But the critical point here is resolutions must come with change in attitudes.

Most resolutions have failed because they are not backed by genuine change in attitude and ways of doing things. Much so, when we are not able to achieve the goals and objectives that are set.

In order to make the year 2019 impactful and improve our wellbeing, it behoove us to renew our sense of nationalism and patriotism toward national development.

Besides the most veritable resolution must be the resolve to uphold the spirit and letter of the Constitution that guarantees a just and free society.

We are reminded that we are being governed by a Constitution which spells out the principles guiding organisation of our country as a sovereign state and rights and responsibilities of each one of us as individuals as citizens of Ghana and the role and responsibility of state institutions.

The 1992 Constitution of Ghana states under Article 36 (1) “The State shall take all the necessary actions to ensure that the national economy is managed in such a manner as to maximise the rate of economic development and to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every person in Ghana and to provide adequate means of livelihood and suitable employment and public assistance to the needy.”

The Constitution also requires under Article 41 that “The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen, to among others, (b) “to uphold and defend this Constitution and the law.”

Defending the Constitution and the law must therefore be paramount to all citizens. We need to support the government to achieve the avow aim of creating a just, equitable and prosperous society.

The Ghanaian Times wishes the government well and urges the executive to continue to roll out the appropriate programmes, plans and projects to improve the well-being of the people.

We believe the government has taken in good faith some of the concerns raised by well-meaning Ghanaians on some of the policies and we hope that the concerns and suggestions would feed well into subsequent policies of the government.

Our forebears have worked so hard to bring us this for. We need to work harder than before to make this country a better place for present and future generations.

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