The President set the tone for his speech by recollecting the role of the Ghana Gold Coast Convention, Ghana's first political party, in the fight for independence.
The President set the tone for his speech by recollecting the role of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), Ghana's first political party, in the fight for independence.
The speech was largely silent on the role of Dr Kwame Nkrumah in the fight for independence. Understandably so, the New Patriotic Party is opposed to the ideals of Nkrumah.
In his speech, the President Akufo-Addo said Ghana has no excuse, after 60 years of independence, for the current economic challenges facing her.
He said: "After sixty years, we have run out of excuses and it is time to set Ghana to rights and get our country to where it should be.
"The challenge before us is to build our economy and generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the mass of our people.
"Hard work, enterprise, creativity and a consistent fight against corruption in public life would bring the transformation we seek."
The President also called for unity in other to achieved prosperity and building a strong economy.
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He also called Ghanaians to rise above ethnic of sectional interest, saying we must mobilise all our resources to the promise land.
"We will achieve these goals when we move and act as a united people. We must take pride in our diversity by all means, but the Ghanaian must always rise above the ethnic or sectional interest," he said.
"We have a bright future and we must mobilize all our resources and all our strengths, here and in the Ghanaian Diaspora, to get to that promised land faster," he added.