Ghana: Mahama’s UN address, manifesto ‘war’ reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last Wednesday’s speech by Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama at the 71st UN General Assembly during which he reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to consolidate its democratic leadership status in Africa and the continuing "war of words" between the country’s two main political parties were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times in its story under the headline, “Pres: Ghana will maintain democratic status in West Africa” reported that President Mahama assured the highest world body that the upcoming 7 December general elections in the country would be conducted peacefully and fairly, to further entrench democracy, especially in West Africa.

“Ghana is a leading democracy in Africa, and I stand before the world today to declare that, just as we have done in the past, the processes before, during and after the election will mark a further consolidation of Ghana’s credentials as a leading world democracy,” he said.

The newspaper said President Mahama, who touched on a wide range of issues in his address, stated that Ghana also remained committed to supporting the development of democracy in other African countries.

On economic development, he called for increased global partnership for financial resources, policy advice and technical assistance to facilitate sustainable economic growth in African countries.

Ghana, he said, continued to make strides in economic development, adding that the country would continue to partner other nations and institutions to achieve growth for the benefit of the citizens.

The state-owned Graphic in its story under the headline, “Mahama touts Ghana’s successes at UN General Assembly” reported that President Mahama took to the world stage to tout Ghana’s democratic and economic strides.

“I am proud of my country. We are variously called the ‘model of democracy’ in Africa or the ‘beacon of democracy,’” he told his colleague Heads of State who gathered for the second day of the general debate of the UN General Assembly in New York.

“We have not looked back since the adoption of our 1992 Constitution. Successive elections, with power occasionally swinging between opposing political forces, have established Ghana’s democratic credentials in the world,” he said.

On the economic strides the country had made, he said bold measures in effecting structural reforms had yielded a more stable and resilient economy.“With a stable currency, business confidence is rising and foreign direct investment remains strong."

President Mahama also stated that over the last decade the country had invested heavily in expanding socio-economic infrastructure, while investment in health care, education, power and other related areas had been impressive.

“With the modest progress we are making, we are able to recapture the vision of the Founder of our nation (Dr Kwame Nkrumah),” he stressed.

The newspapers also highlighted the launch of the manifesto of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) with the headline of the Graphic reading, “NDC manifesto ... Best blueprint to transform lives — Prez Mahama.”

It said the 2016 flag bearer of the NDC, President Mahama, last Saturday launched the party’s manifesto for this year’s electioneering, describing it as the best plan that can move the country forward.

At a rally at the Sunyani Coronation Park in Brong Ahafo Region in central west, the President stated that the NDC was poised to change more lives and transform Ghana with a manifesto that was the authentic blueprint with which the party envisioned the transformation of Ghana in the next four years.

He stated that the manifesto “was not a catalogue of lofty promises woven together to entice the electorate to vote for the NDC”, as others wanted to do, but a careful and diligent work by some of the best brains in the country.

President Mahama also announced that to make the manifesto accessible to the visually impaired, copies had been made available in a Braille form.

The Ghanaian Times, in a story under the headline, “NPP slams NDC’s manifesto” reported that the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had slammed the ruling NDC administration for building a future of “lies, excuses and broken promises”.

According to the NPP’s Policy Advisor, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, “a government that puts corruption first can only pay lip service to putting Ghanaians first”.

President Mahama had said at the launch of the manifesto that the document titled: “Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana” had the best plan for the development of Ghana as it was birthed from the ideology and constitution of the party.

However Boakye Agyarko described the manifesto as full of “grandiose promises by the ruling party which seeks to lie its way into another term”.
-0- PANA MA 24Sept2016

24 september 2016 05:55:06

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