Thursday, 15 October 2015

President Mahama's Address At The UN

resident John Dramani Mahama is gradually carving a niche for himself as a good orator and confident statesman on the world stage. His eloquence and delivery was a delight to watch and listen to as he addressed the 70th session of the United Nation's General Assembly. 

However, it is his desire for change and transformation in the world and in Ghana which caught the attention of many. His desire to ensure that some practices and beliefs though considered traditional but are inimical to progress are changed is commendable.

 This is because, some practices that served society well in the past might not serve society well currently. It is also remarkable that the President is keen on reviewing the rules of engagement in Ghana, to create a balance between the maintenance of law and order and the basic rights of people to free speech and free expression.

 This would further strengthen democracy and enhance the exchange of ideas across the political divide free of intimidation by state actors and ensure responsibility on the part of political actors.

It was also worthwhile that President Mahama found space in his speech at the UN to talk about traditions that refuse individuals especially women and children their basic rights and force them into situations of vulnerability to poverty, disease and other unbearable hardships. 

This lends credence to efforts at creating programmes and policies to bridge the gap of inequality between men and women in Ghana. The President also told the world about moves by Ghana to fight poverty through the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty or the LEAP programme that has benefited more than 77 thousand households nationwide. This coupled with efforts to address child mortality and malnutrition is a plus for Ghana and is worth emulating by developing countries.

 It was also commendable and fitting for the President to inform the world what Ghana has been able to achieve regarding the Millennium Development Goals target on universal basic education which has encouraged parents to send girls to school and has at the primary level achieved gender parity.

 The President did not shy away from the energy crisis. He all but told the world the challenges we are facing as a nation with power and its resultant slow growth and the steep toll on economic and social life. 

He did not only outline what government is doing to rectify the situation but also called on all nations to ensure the achievement of energy sufficiency in a manner that is sustainable and which would not further worsen the fragile environment of planet earth. Listening to the President, there was no doubt that we have in him a worthy representative.

It is hoped his eloquence statesmanship and demeanor would translate into concrete and effective efforts to move Ghana forward and make it the beacon that the whole of Africa and the developing world would like to look up to. What more can one say but to repeat the refrain "God bless our homeland Ghana, and make our nation great and strong."'


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