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POLITRICKS OF THE DAY: Prez John Mahama Says This Is Our Moment, Ghana’s Time; Once Again, For Greatness + Full Text Of Prez Mahama’s New Year Message

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President John Dramani Mahama has called on Ghanaians, especially the youth, to play an active role in building the nation and to also strive to “write a chapter that future generations will consider pivotal and inspirational”.

“as we welcome this New Year with its infinite promises and possibilities, we also welcome the now blank page it offers us. I call on all Ghanaians, especially our youth, to be an active part of nation building: take ownership of this country, and join in the authorship of its story, our story. I call on you to leave your mark on that page. Let us, together—one people, one nation—write a chapter that future generations will consider the most pivotal and inspirational of them all,” he said as he delivered his maiden New Year Message to Ghanaians Monday night.

Speaking from the Castle, Mr Mahama, in his address wished Ghanaians joy, prosperity and good heath as the nation entered a new year – 2013.

New Year messages is part of the responsibilities of the President of the Republic, who apart from outlining some of government’s development plans also encourages the citizenry to work harder in the coming year.

President Mahama also commended Ghanaians and all other stakeholders for the peaceful and successful election held on December 7 this year.

“The year 2012 was also the year that Ghana held its sixth peaceful and successful elections and I will like to commend all Ghanaians for that achievement.”

The President also expressed confidence in the political institutions adding “I believe in Ghana‘s institutions especially the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary and we shall continue to build on those institutions for the coming years.”

President Mahama said he was humbled and proud to be the President of Ghana on account of her democratic credentials. He pointed out that though Ghana experienced many challenges in 2012, it overcame them with unity.

“Ghana experienced loss and grief of a nature it had never known before with the sudden death of president Atta Mills and former vice president Aliu Mahama, but Ghana also experienced patriotism and unity that has not been seen since the days our independence.”

“2012 was the year Ghana in which we rediscovered hope, Ghana displayed strong economic growth, one that attracted the world’s attention. Through the better Ghana agenda, we made sure and steady progress in critical areas of development.”

“Like most elections the world over, this was a hard contest, yet by and large all the debates, disputes, differences in opinion were handled peacefully and with respect for the right of others and the rule of law. This in itself, is proof that Ghana’s democracy is true and is flourishing. It is the health practice of democracy and the constant application of its ideals that moves a nation closer and closer to the perfection of its democratic system. Every challenge to Ghana’s democracy is an opportunity to strengthen it.”

President further expressed his faith in the state institutions saying “I believe in Ghana’s institutions and the good men and women who labor to bring integrity, efficiency, modernity to those agencies. I believe in the dedication of our government, the executive, parliamentary and judicial branches to maintaining transparency and to working for the advancement of the will and well-being of the people of this country.”

Full text

The following is the full text of President John Dramani Mahama’s New Year message broadcast on Monday.

“Good evening my fellow countrymen and women.

It is a great privilege for me to deliver this first New Year message to you as the President of our dear nation, Ghana. I would like to begin by offering a wish, from my family to yours, for joy, prosperity, and good health in 2013.

The year we are leaving behind will be remembered as one of the most eventful in the history of our nation. 2012 was a year of several trials and tribulations; it was also a year of many victories.

Ghana experienced loss and grief of a nature it had never known before with the sudden death of our former President, John Evans Atta Mills, and our former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.

But Ghana also experienced a level of patriotism and unity that has not been seen since the days of our independence. 2012 was the year in which we rediscovered hope.

Ghana displayed strong economic growth, one that attracted the world’s attention. Through the Better Ghana Agenda, we made sure and steady progress in critical areas of development.

Our most impressive growth as a country, however, was demonstrated in our ability during times of great difficulty and pain to come together, and to stand together as one people, one nation.

2012 also marked Ghana’s sixth successful election since our return to democracy and constitutional rule. Like most elections the world over, this was a hard-fought contest yet by and large, all the debates, disputes and differences of opinion were handled peacefully, and with a respect for the rights of others, and the rule of law.

This, in itself, is proof that Ghana’s democracy is true and is flourishing. It is the healthy practice of democracy and the constant application of its ideals that moves a nation closer and closer to the perfection of its democratic system.

Every challenge to Ghana’s democracy is an opportunity to strengthen it. I believe in Ghana’s institutions and in the good men and women who labour to bring integrity, efficiency and modernity to those agencies.

I believe in the dedication of our government—the executive, parliamentary and judicial branches—to maintaining transparency and to working for the advancement of the will and wellbeing of the people of this country.

More than anything, I have confidence in the people of Ghana. Even during Africa’s darkest days, through sheer determination, Ghana managed to keep shining its now legendary light.

I am certain that with the continued grace and protection of God Almighty, that resilience and that light will guide us through whatever difficult situations or turbulent times the future may have in store.

I am proud and humbled to be your President, to have been chosen by you as the leader to usher in this next season of purpose and accomplishment. As we welcome this New Year, with its infinite promises and possibilities, we also welcome the now blank page that it offers us.

I call on all Ghanaians, especially our youth, to be an active part of nation building: take ownership of this country, and join in the authorship of its story, our story. I call on you to leave your mark on that page.

Let us, together—one people, one nation—write a chapter that future generations will consider the most pivotal and inspirational of them all.

This is our moment, Ghana’s time, once again, for greatness.

Thank you.

May God continue to bless Ghana, and may our coming years be our best ever yet.

Happy New Year.

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4 thoughts on “POLITRICKS OF THE DAY: Prez John Mahama Says This Is Our Moment, Ghana’s Time; Once Again, For Greatness + Full Text Of Prez Mahama’s New Year Message”

  1. Dudes face is not nice to be a president at all he can keep his sweet talks with him I’m not falling for it with his miserable face 

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  2. But at least he is much and far better than someone with the initial name N.A.D.A.A to be the prez. God knows the best for the people of gh.

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  3. How can he talk as if he clean and won the elections on merits, when we all know the verdict was stolen for him. Many who knows the truth knows that hes CORRUPT, so save us all the comical talk. He want ghanaians to work harder for him and his bros to buy bugatti and jets or pay nitwits and fraudsters like WOYOME, total hypocrisy.

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