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General News of Sunday, 15 December 2019

Source: ghananewsagency.org

We are on course to fufill our promises - President


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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his government has achieved over 70 per cent of the pledges it made to Ghanaians.

He said so far, the policies and programmes being rolled out by Government was a clear manifestation that his administration was resolved to put the country on the path of growth, progress and development, which was the central theme of the promises that he made to the Ghanaian people.

At an encounter with the media at the Jubilee House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said, his government was on course to fulfil all the promises it made to the Ghanaian people before election 2020.

The President said the economic growth figures being put out by his government were not mere statistics but a reflection of the gains being made by his administration through prudent economic management and viable programmes and policies, as espoused in the manifesto that he campaigned on for political power.

He said though the country has not yet reached the envisaged economic growth point, all the macroeconomic indicators are pointing in the right direction, adding, "We need to make sure that we hold the macro-economic fundamentals in good place if we want to sustain the gains made."

Answering a question posed by a journalist on his government’s efforts to prosecute the many alleged corruption cases leveled against some members of the previous administration, the President said currently 25 former officials were on trials for a collective sum of over a billion cedis.

He said though the trials were ongoing, it was extremely important that those cases went through the due process to ascertain the culpability or innocence of the affected individuals, adding that government would not be stampeded by public opinion to derail the course of justice.

“The rule of law must come into play…for me, that is a better way to deal with these matters.”

The President also touched on the recent banking crisis, insisting that government had to intervene in the matter to save the sector from collapse.

He said the intervention though harsh, was necessary because his predecessors were negligent in exercising oversight responsibilities in supervising a weak banking sector.

That intervention, if it was delayed, the President noted, would have resulted in the loss of over 10,000 jobs and the savings of over four million Ghanaians.

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