Article 67 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana states: “the President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament a message on the state of the nation”.
President John Dramani Mahama will on Tuesday, 25th February 2014, go by the constitution by delivering the State of the Nation Address before Parliament.
The address is expected to focus on the economy, the energy situation and challenges facing the provision of water as well as challenges in the educational, health and agricultural sectors in the country.
However, Atik Mohammed, Policy Analyst of the People’s National Convention strongly believes President Mahama would have evaded the address if had the option.
“I am sure if it wasn’t a constitutional requirement, he would have dodged it. If I were the President, I won’t waste everybody’s time going through the problems; we are all feeling it. We don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us what is happening in the country…I do not see anything dramatic in what he will say tomorrow,” he said on ‘Kokrokoo’ Monday.
To him, President Mahama should tell the nation what is being done to solve the problems facing the economy and not re-echo the problems confronting the nation.
He suggested that for the economy to ‘bounce back’, President Mahama must ‘change the managers of the economy’.
“…in 2011, it was said that Ghana’s economy was growing. Immediately President Mahama took over from former President Mills, things started getting worse. This is not the kind of administration Ghanaians envisioned when they voted for the NDC. What I have realized is that the managers of the economy like Archbishop Duncan Williams’ assertion: is bereft of ideas and innovation. Even though he (Archbishop Duncan Williams) attributes it to Satan, I believe Satan has no role to play in this. The point is that they have no idea and where to move the economy…Even if he has no solutions to the current situation the country is facing, he needs to change the managers of the economy…,” Atik Mohammed said.