STATE OF THE NATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVT GOALS

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is expected in Parliament today to deliver to Ghanaians, through their representatives, the State-of-the Nation address.

This is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana that 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.”

This is the second time that the President is expected to account for his stewardship to Ghanaians, since he was sworn in as President on January 7, 2017.

We are told that the State of the Nation address would simply inform the citizens where we were, where we are and where we intend to get to.

Indeed, Ghana is a solid and stable democratic state underpinned by the rule of law. The country is transiting from the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (2014-2017) to another medium term development agenda that would reflect the vision of the President for the country.

Whatever vision the President has for the country, certainly has to do with the economy, because when the economy is in good shape, the country, and its citizens would be in good shape, in terms of their access to basic social service including education, health, employment, housing, potable water, food, to mention but a few, to improve their well being.

It is obvious that the government’s flagship policy of Free Senior High School education has brought huge relief to parents and the Planting for Food and Jobs is renewing interest and motivation into agriculture which is the mainstay of the economy.

The Ghanaian Times is convinced that Ghana has come a long way; we have achieved some degree of success in all spheres of life. But, we still are of the humble opinion that, there is more room for improvement and we can do better in light of the buildup of high expectations in the citizenry.

Fortunately, we are In an era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially when  President  Nana Akufo-Addo is a Co-chair, with the Prime Minister of Sweden Ms Erna Solberg , of a group of 16 Eminent Group of Personalities tasked by the Secretary -General of  the  United Nations, to generate momentum and commitment from the global community, to achieve the Agenda 2030

The Agenda 2030 of the SDG is a universal call to action, much further than the Millennium Development Goals, to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, hopefully by the year 2030. This is expected to be attained in the spirit of global partnership and pragmatism.

For us to achieve our developmental goals, we no doubt set targets of global development agenda 2030 are being integrated into the medium term development agenda. We at Ghanaian Times wish to express the need to increase our momentum and sustain our efforts at realizing our national avowed goal of  creating a free, just, and equitable society in which human rights are respected, governance is transparent, and power is accountable.

 

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