Akufo-Addo’s SONA excellent  – Governance expert

A renowned governance expert, Isaac Yamoah says President Akufo-Addo delivered an excellent speech during his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Tuesday, March 9.

According to him, the speech was precise and highlighted all the major sectors of the economy that needed to be addressed in such a message adding that the President displayed emotional intelligence.

“I was elated by the President’s efforts juxtaposed to when he was sworn-in 2017,” he told Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Original FM’s Adwenekasa Wednesday.

In terms of governance, Mr Yamoah said, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave an overview of his vision for the nation and what he accomplished in his first term in office.

‘His leadership, of which, the white has named as part of emotional intelligence he displayed it yesterday. And, I can confidently say he delivered his speech and the way he delivered it,  he really showed maturity and gave Ghanaians his roadmap to his new government.’

His comments come on the heels of criticisms following President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s failure to disclose the national debt and his stance on LGBTQI legalisation during his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, March 9.

Dr Yamoah said the LGBTQI+ conversations are beyond the President, explaining world leaders are being compelled to pass decriminalise it.

He further stated that the governing New Patriotic Party will address the ragging debate in due course hence Ghanaians should exercise patience.

He also indicated that despite the mass resistance to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the country its legalisation is bound to happen, regardless.

Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu has taunted President Akufo-Addo over his silence on the country’s national debt in his State of the Nation Address which was delivered in Parliament today, Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

According to the Minority leader, whereas the President kept referencing the debt bequeathed to him by the Mahama administration in his previous addresses, he has kept mute over the current state of the national debt.

”Interesting today he is quiet about the state of the national debt. What is the national debt? We want to know,” the Minority leader taunted while seconding the motion for the adjournment of proceedings in the chamber after the President finished reading the address.

Dr Isaac Yamoah noted that it is the tradition of successive governments to intimate public debt stock figures when they appear before Parliament to deliver their addresses.

“It is optional he can skip and disclose it doing his budget presentation, so, the minority should comprehend,” he said, adding that,“I’m saying on record they [minority caucus] would do same when they assume office and transition power to themselves,”

In his view, there should be a cause to worry if an incoming government failed to divulge the national debt left behind by an outgoing government but not a transition from one government to the same government.

President Nana Akufo Addo Tuesday delivered the State of the Nation Address in accordance with article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.

Delivering his address in Parliament which was broadcasted live on a major television network, among other things, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that his government will ensure the construction of regional hospitals in all the newly created regions and districts without hospitals.

The President termed the projects Agenda 111, stating it is the biggest healthcare investment in Ghana’s history.

“Last year, thirty-three (33) major health projects were approved for implementation at a cost of eight hundred and ninety million euros (€890 million). Key amongst them are the Koforidua Regional Hospital, Tema General Hospital, the Nephrology and Urology Centre at Korle-Bu, Redevelopment of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital into a Teaching Hospital, and the Construction of a new Regional Hospital at Agona Nkwanta in the Western Region.

“As announced last year, Agenda 111, which will see to the construction of 100-bed District Hospitals in one hundred and one (101) Districts with no hospitals, seven (7) Regional Hospitals for the new Regions, including one for the Western Region, the construction of two (2) new psychiatric hospitals for the Middle Belt and Northern Belt, respectively, and the rehabilitation of Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region, is on course. Construction of some of these hospitals has commenced and will continue without interruption.

“Agenda 111 is part of a massive vision for Ghana’s healthcare sector, the realization of which will lead to Ghana becoming a Centre of Medical Excellence and a destination for medical tourism, and will also see us achieve the following:

  1. a) each of the sixteen (16) regional hospitals will be designated as a Centre of Excellence in the different specialities of medicine. For example, orthopaedic surgery, burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, breast care centre, fertility centre, neonatology and pediatric centre, neurosurgery and spine centre, stroke centre, heart and kidney centre and mental health centre to name a few;
  2. b) continuously upgrade our medical curriculum, and continue to train our young doctors and health care professionals in a world-class fashion;
  3. c) incentivize the private sector to increase capacity to support demand in healthcare delivery; and
  4. d) encourage Ghanaian medical experts in the diaspora to collaborate and join hands with us to help build and contribute to the realisation of this noble vision.

“Government will continue to invest in the health sector and will continue to recruit more health professionals, in addition to the one hundred thousand recruited in my first term for our health facilities.

“Electronic medical records system (E-Health) deployment is currently underway, following its implementation in key health facilities like Korle-Bu, Komfo-Anokye, Ho, Tamale and Cape Coast Teaching Hospitals, and eighteen (18) district hospitals in the Central Region. Upper East, Upper West, and Bono Regional Hospitals will go live on the e-health platform in five (5) days.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Orginalfmonline.com | Ghana

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