former President John Dramani Mahama
former President John Dramani Mahama

A number of people have expressed diverse opinions on the State of the Nation Address delivered on Thursday by President John Dramani Mahama with majority saying it was a well delivered address.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Nana Kwame Arthur, a records management consultant, praised the president for a speech well delivered.

He, however, said the President should have thrown more light on certain key issues such as the New Free Zones Board building and contracts that he awarded not long ago.

“In all, however, the address was well delivered,” Nana Kwame said.

Nana Kwame congratulated President Mahama for showing good leadership by not only conceding defeat in the December 7 elections but also facilitating a smooth transition.

President Mahama’s last State of the Nation Address to Parliament, described as “relatively brief” by many, was captured under the topics: Education, Health, Social Protection, Water and Sanitation, Power, Economy, Road/ Transport and Governance.

Mr Mayomga Felix, a businessman, said whilst the delivery was quite satisfactory, he believed President Mahama could have been more specific on some of the issues.

“Facts and figures on the economy were very much unclear. I hope the in-coming government takes note of the need for more clarity and precision when it comes to accounting to the people,” he said.

Mr Franklin Tetteh, a Marketing Executive, described the address as “brief and brilliant,” but said; “the achievements of the out-going government should have been listed more specifically.’’

He said: “If you are not specific, it leaves room for open arguments and debate, and that does not help with national development.’’

Mr Tetteh also praised President Mahama for showing maturity by conceding defeat and ensuring a smooth transition.

Mr Eddy Squire, a businessman, said he was most impressed with President Mahama’s take on “handing over the baton.’’

He said it was very important for an out-going government to hand over power with a very thorough and detailed approach to the in-coming one, “otherwise, there would be no progress.’’

Mr Squire said President Mahama’s speech indicated that he had a good understanding of the need for co-operation and collaboration for the sake of national progress.

Many people, however, told the GNA that they did not listen to the address because they were busy at work.

President Mahama, who assumed office on January 7, 2013, hands over to President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on Saturday, January 7.



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