Akufo-Addo Presents Maiden State Of The Nation Address Amid High Expectations


His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo will today present his maiden state of the Nation Address (SONA) to parliament.

The requirement is in fulfilment of Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution which requires the president to present to parliament the state of the nation before the beginning of each session of parliament and dissolution of parliament.

The president is expected to reveal the true state of the economy as bequeathed unto him by the John Mahama-led administration and also inspire confidence and hope in the economy.

He is expected to outline his vision for the country in the areas of education, health, transport, agriculture and employment.

Some financial analysts have expressed the hope that the State of the Nation Address will touch on how the president plans to deliver on key campaign promises bearing in mind that he has indicated that his much touted Free SHS is scheduled to kickstart in Septemeber 2017.

“There have been quite a lot of promises, especially during the elections – the manifesto promises. One can speak of the job creation; one can also talk of the Free SHS policy, one-district-one-factory policy. But as an Economist, I would like to know how these are going to be achieved given the revenue and expenditure situation of the country.”

There is the possibility the address may not touch on every sector of the economy as done by past presidents as the Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has served the strongest hint that the president may adopt a different style in his presentation.

“It will be quite a little bit of departure from the way other state of the nation addresses had done where other Presidents basically take the country sector by sector and give an account the state of the nation. This will not be necessarily a sector-by-sector account.”