02 July 2017

Akufo-Addo charges senior citizens to speak out against social vices

President Nana Akufo-Addo has on Republic Day charged senior citizens to speak out against social vices in Ghana.

“Corruption, social and economic injustice, crime, the illegal mining menace, popularly referred to as galamsey, and the new phenomenon of vigilantism” the president said, are some of the social vices the senior citizens must have an opinion on.

Speaking at the State House in Accra on Saturday at a launch for senior citizens, the presidnet urged them not to fall into the well-known temptation of telling him what they think he wants to hear.
“It would be equally tempting to tell me that I am the best thing that ever happened to Ghana, and it would be even more tempting to tell me to ignore my critics. I expect that, as senior citizens, you will not walk this road, but will allow the moral authority of your status to justify your interventions,” he said.
He urged the gathering and Ghanaians to believe in the country’s capacity to build a modern, developed, progressive nation, free from a mindset of dependence, aid and charity.

“We can build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all; where there is wide access to an educational system that embraces science and technology, particularly the digital revolution; where healthcare is a function of need, not means; where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded; where there is an abundance of decent, good paying jobs, especially for our youth; where there is dignified retirement for the elderly; and where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged,” he said.


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