The beautiful inaugural Presidential address delivered by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, January 7, did not only appeal to Ghanaians but to all people the world over.
Many significant issues were raised to show that as a people, Ghanaians need to work together and take the country's destiny into their own hands.
This explains why great emphasis was placed on the active involvement of everyone towards nation building and national development.
Ghanaians are expected not to see themselves as mere subjects or spectators, but as noble people who are proud of their citizenship and ready to work hard towards the attainment of the national goal.
It is only within the context of this realization towards national aspirations that people in this country can boldly exercise their responsibilities towards nation building.
The promise by the President to protect the public purse is quite significant. The protection of the public purse will come in form of rigid institution of measures against corruption, strictly punishing all those who engage in it.
Another high point has to do with ensuring value for money in all transactions carried out by anyone on behalf of Ghanaians.
As was pointed out by the President, public service should be used to serve the people, but not for money-making for those in authority. This means that politics should be an avenue for public service to improve upon the quality of life of everyone in the country.
Having existed as an independent country for almost sixty years, the inaugural speech by President Akufo-Addo has rekindled a new hope of what is in store and also attainable for the people of Ghana.
Everyone, past and present, is needed to push this country forward towards the attainment of a higher level of development.
Indeed, the linkage to the nation’s proud heritage as seen in the mention of names such as John Mensah-Sarbah, K. A Gbedemah, S. D Dombo, K. A. Busia, Kwame Nkrumah, among many others, shows the greatness of the role played by our past leaders and their relevance to the present generation.
Having played their part, it is up to the present generation to continue from where they left off.
The focus of all citizens should be rallying round the National Flag to push the country to a higher pedestal of enviable progress and development.
At this time, there is no excuse for the nation to continue to be poor so the earlier we work hard, the better it will be for the present and future generations.
In line with this noble course, both the government and opposition have a role to play to ensure the realization of the dreams of the founding fathers of this nation.
The youth must also join the battle through the harnessing of their energy for rapid socio-economic development.
On the whole, it was a great speech that was well delivered with great oral skills. For this reason, there is the need to come together as a nation, irrespective of political affiliation, to work towards the common good and make this nation great and strong in line with our national aspirations.
BY KOFI AMPONSAH-BEDIAKO, HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATION, GHANA STANDARDS AUTHORITY