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General News of Thursday, 17 November 2016


Every mistake I’ve made was done 'out of good faith’ - Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has said all the mistakes he may have made in his four year term were without any malice whatsoever but in good faith and in the interest of the nation.

“In the period that I’ve been a president, I’ve been a mere mortal; may have made mistakes but I believe that in every mistake I’ve made, I’ve done it out of good faith to serve my nation and every decision I’ve taken have been in the national interest,” he said.

President Mahama said this Wednesday night when he took his turn at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation organised Presidential Encounter to outline his achievement for the last four years and to justify why he should be given another four-year term.

Describing his four years as a “challenging period,” President Mahama said his government has spent the last four years stabilising the economy and the power crisis that struck the nation for almost three years as well as the restoration of social and economic infrastructure.

“We’ve had to make many very challenging decision points and I believe that those decision points have been made in the interest of national progress and development ,” he said, noting government is not relenting in pushing further to bring the economy on the path of accelerated growth.

He said the government is “continuing to stabilise the economy, stabilise the power situation, push for growth for the economy, food security education and healthcare”.

President Mahama said during the last four years, his government has achieved some successes “in many of the things we set to do,” noting “we’ve managed to stabilise the economy fairly. We’re currently seeing macro indicators that are looking quite good and pointing in the right direction.

We’re also taking the bull by the horn s and stabilized the power situation as at now. “We’ve also have invested massively in the restoring the social and economic infrastructure with massive investment in road sector, education, in health in water and other sector, agriculture, expansion of our ports, rehabilitation of railways and revamp of factories that were closed down,” he indicated.

Notwithstanding, President Mahama said the biggest challenge to his government has been the issue of unemployment for young people, saying “the critical challenge that faces every leader today is the issue of creating jobs for young people”.

“I believe that we have the most credible programme for job creation going forward. We have began implementing many of those programmes and we are expanding and accelerating those programmes from 2017,” he said.