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Ghana@61: Akufo-Addo’s speech gives hope for the future - Joseph Yamin

Former Ashanti regional deputy minister Joseph Yamin has described President Akufo-Addo’s speech at the Ghana @61 celebration as one that ‘gives hope for the future’ though he wasn’t really impressed with the overall speech.

The President delivered his speech on Tuesday to mark Ghana’s 1st Independence Day Celebration at the Black Star Square said the realisation of his vision of Ghana Beyond Aid ”requires a deliberate, qualitative change in all aspects of our lives; especially, in the structure of our economy, the nature of our infrastructure, the education of our young people and acquisition of skills, and, above all, in our attitudes and holding firm to the values that define us.”

According to President Akufo-Addo, ”even if there were no aid fatigue, and with the best will in the world and the most charitable governments in place in the so-called donor countries, there will never be enough aid to develop Ghana to the level we want. Aid was never meant to be what would bring us to the status of a developed nation.”

And this according to the former deputy sports minister, was spot on and that the speech clearly indicated there would be hope for the future considering the President’s Ghana beyond aid speech.

Speaking on Abusua Nkommo hosted by Kwame Adinkra, Yamin said ”Kwame when I listened to President Akufo-Addo’s speech yesterday I was disappointed with the President’s speech even though he delivered a very good sermon, he gave a very good prospect of our country and I think Ghana would be a good country should we should practice what he said seriously I think Ghana would be a better place for us all”.

”I am disappointed because he didn’t talk about 2017 and the abysmal state of the country’s insecurity but I think his speech ‘’gave hope for the future’’ which is a plus for him”.



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