President John Dramani Mahama has rallied the nation to fight for economic freedom just as the country’s forebears fought for political emancipation.
Mr Mahama says the time for bickering and petty squabbles were over and that it was time for every citizen regardless of his or her personal circumstances pick up whatever tool available to him or her and joined the fight against the poverty, diseases and deprivation still plaguing the nation.
Addressing the nation at a colourful ceremony to climax the 56th independence anniversary celebrations in Accra, Mr. Mahama said “We cannot waste any more time and energy in petty political squabbles and insults and expect that our country will still somehow magically prosper.”
He said any time the citizenry expended their time and energies to things that detract from the national goals, “we undermine the progress of our own nation – a nation that was built with the blood, tears and sweat of our forefathers and mothers.”
Every Ghanaian, he said, must recognize that he has a role to play in the development of the nation; for it takes the collective energies of all the diverse talents in the country to achieve Ghana’s developmental goals.
“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to make a meaningful and constructive contribution towards the growth and betterment of this nation; we owe that much to ourselves and to our children who will inherit this land and we owe that much to all those who fought for us to have a place to claim as our [home],” he stated.
President Mahama said whilst it was the responsibility of government to build social and economic infrastructure to provide the citizenry with adequate social protection and economic opportunities, government’s efforts would come to naught “unless we take collective ownership of the challenge that faces us.”