Dr Edward Nasigiri Mahama, Election 2016 Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), says history would judge the work of President John Dramani Mahama.

Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama
Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama

According to him President Mahama has done his part over the years.

Dr Mahama who described President Mahama’s speech as great and brief was reacting to the President Mahama’s final state of the Nation Address in Accra on Thursday.

The President’s final statement of the nation address was in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.

Responding to a question in relation to the absence of heckling of President Mahama, the PNC flag bearer noted that the final state of the nation reduced the tension in the country, which started in 2008 when Ghanaians had to go Tain in the Brong-Ahafo Region, to decide the winner of the 2012 and the New Patriotic Party’s Election Petition at the Supreme Court, challenging the victory of the National Democratic Congress.

President Mahama in his last State of the Nation Address noted that the purpose of the speech was to let the people of Ghana know where “we stand as a country as the baton of leadership passed from one leader to another.

“Where are we in this race, so to speak. In so far as nation-building, how is Ghana faring when compared to other nations in Africa and of course, in the world?

“Our world has become increasingly complex and unpredictable. Majority of economies around the world are sailing against strong headwinds. The world economic crisis and the slow-down in the growth of the Chinese economy has affected the growth of emerging markets and has resulted in a fall in world demand for commodities.

“As the United States of America (USA) makes a slow but steady recovery, the recent increase in the USA interest rates means more money is leaving emerging markets and being reinvested in America. Coupled with the fall in commodity prices on the international markets, this is causing an adverse economic outlook for lower middle income economies like ours”.

President Mahama noted that changing climate has made the world weather more unpredictable. In our part of the world deforestation, sea erosion and tidal waves, erratic rainfall, more severe harmattan are becoming the new normal.

“These are wreaking havoc on non-irrigated agriculture and power production from hydro sources,” he said.

He said the rise of insurgency and failed states in North Africa and the middle-east and religious fundamentalism have resulted in a rise of many terrorist cells that had created a deadly cocktail across the whole world and increasingly in Africa, stretching from the Sahel, through West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa all the way to the Horn of Africa.

“Our sub-region has not been spared and attacks as close as Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire have brought the reality of possible terrorist attacks closer to our doorstep. This is the global context in which our country has had to survive and make progress,” he said.



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