Some residents in the Sunyani municipality, the Brong Ahafo regional capital, have described President J.E.A. Mills’s maiden State of the Nation address as impressive and reconciliatory, since he called on all to assist in building the economy.
The residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic after the President’s address to Parliament on Thursday, also said the President touched on almost all the sectors of the economy, but failed to speak on the reduction in fuel prices.
Alhaji Yakubu Anderson, a social commentator, said he was happy that Prof. Mills called on Members of Parliament (MPs) from both sides of the political divide to help build the economy.
“I expected the President to mention the reduction in fuel prices, since it was one of the major campaign promises made by him during the electioneering but I did not hear anything on that,” Alhaji Anderson said.
The social commentator observed that since President Mills took office he had shown modesty and humility which was a shining example for all to follow and also as a sign of greater things to come.
Mr Seth Gakpetor, a worker with one of the revenue agencies, said he was impressed with President Mills’s State of the Nation Address which virtually touched on all the sectors of the economy.
According to him, he was happy that the President spoke about the health sector where he said more hospitals would be built and the existing ones equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment.
Mr Gakpetor also said he was happy when the President mentioned that his government would consider building cocoa processing factories in the cocoa growing areas of the country in order to add value to increase prices.
On education, he said the President’s decision to pay allowances to teachers promptly was also laudable.
Mr Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo, Regional Correspondent for Radio Ghana for his party described the President’s address as very reconciliatory and said the address touched on most of the things he expected.
He added that the President spoke about the economic challenges facing the country, but gave the assurance that there was hope and therefore, there was no need for Ghanaians to be worried.
Mr Mensah-Abludo observed that another statement by the President that caught his attention was the institution of the Founder’s Day as a statutory public holiday to honour the memory of the First President of the country, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
He further stated that the President’s decision to assign national service personnel as research assistants to MPs was also a laudable one.
Paa Kwesi, a Sunyani-based businessman, also described the President’s address to Parliament as very impressive since it was his first time of delivering such an address.
He said what even made him more confident in the new government was the fact that even though most ministers appointed by the President had not started work, he was able to speak on all sectors of the economy with much brilliance.
Paa Kwesi noted that the President’s call on all Ghanaians, no matter their political affiliation, to help build the economy in view of the discovery of oil was heartwarming and sounded reconciliatory.
Miss Akosua Owusuaa Owusu-Banahene, a student of the University of Ghana, Legon on her party also described the address as a bit reconciliatory.
She said she was impressed when the President said he would also give attention to the lesser known sports in the country.