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NPP HAS A CLEAR VISION FOR GHANA, AKUFO-ADDO TELLS DIASPORA HOMECOMING SUMMIT

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the governing New Patriotic Party has a clear vision of where to take Ghana and that he is very optimistic he will end his mandate with a new prosperity for the nation.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the governing New Patriotic Party has a clear vision of where to take Ghana and that he is very optimistic he will end his mandate with a new prosperity for the nation.

Addressing participants in the second Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit at the Accra International Conference Centre, the President asked all Ghanaians, including those in the diaspora, to join hands to deliver progress and wealth to every part of Ghana.

Spread benefits

“I am certain that together we can transform Ghana and use all the blessings that the Almighty has bestowed on us to bring wealth to our people and nation,” he said.

The President emphasised the importance of co-operation between countries and their foreign nationals, which has brought immense benefits to their respective countries.

“Let us emulate them,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Settle citizenship

President Akufo-Addo said his decision to centralise the handling of diasporan matters at the Office of the President was informed by the critical role played by diasporans in Ghana’s development.

“History tells us of the impact of diasporan communities on the growth and development of countries, to increased trade activities, rising investments, and the transfer of skills and knowledge,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo made reference to China. The Chinese diaspora, considered the 25th largest in the world, has a population of 60 million who, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, own assets worth roughly US$2.5 trillion.

President Akufo-Addo said he was enthused by the decision taken by the Office of Diasporan Affairs, under the leadership of Akwasi Awuah Ababio, to work on a diaspora engagement policy and supporting bill. These will help deal effectively with all matters affecting all Ghanaians living overseas.

“Because we believe [that] beyond the remittances you bring back home, you the Ghanaian in the diaspora have a crucial part to play towards the development of our country, I look forward to the bill being brought before Parliament, and will work on it expeditiously to be laid before Parliament,” he said.

Achievements

Highlighting the NPP government’s achievements in the past two and a half years, President Akufo-Addo said although the government inherited a bad economy, it has been able to steer the country back on track.

“I am sure you will remember we inherited an economy confronted with significant challenges, with all the macroeconomic fundamentals pointing in the wrong direction under the emergency management of the International Monetary Fund,” he said.

With sound economic policies and by dint of hard work, the government has made modest advances, the President said.

“I am happy to report that we have been able to steer our country out of the stormy waters that had characterised all the years before 2017.
“We have cleared all [National Health Insurance Scheme] arrears, payment to services providers are now current, and we have paid nearly 50 per cent of the inherited energy debt,” he said.

Addressing the problem of employment, President Akufo-Addo described how 100,000 graduates have been employed through the Nation Builders Corps.

“Tens and tens of thousands of nurses and midwives who had graduated between 2012 and 2016, and were sitting at home twiddling their thumbs, are being employed, and some 59,000 teachers have been given jobs since I came into office in 2017,” he also said.