First independence speech by Nana Addo [Full text]

The President paid glowing homage to the nation's fallen heroes such as first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah

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Monday’s parade at the Independence Square comprised of officers from the security agencies, teachers and pupils drawn from schools in the Greater Accra region.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said Ghana has not attained economic freedom 60 years after its independence, contrary to what its founding fathers had desired.

Akufo-Addo at Ghana’s 60th Independence Day anniversary at the Black Star Square in Accra on 6 March said "At independence, the popular slogan was to seek first the political kingdom and all other things would be added. We assumed and, indeed, we expected that rapid economic development would follow the political freedom that we achieved. Sadly, the economic dividend that was meant to accompany our freedom has still not materialised.

"Sixty years after those heady days, too many of our people continue to wallow in unacceptable poverty. After 60 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 paid glowing homage to the nation's fallen heroes such as first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, D.J. Danquah, poet Akpaloo, and E. T. Mensah.

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First independence speech by Nana Addo

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