President Akufo-Addo has stated that Ghana per her current state of dependence on foreign and donor support is vulnerable to the politics of foreign powers.
Speaking during a ceremony in which he was awarded by the United States of America (USA) chamber of commerce with the 2018 outstanding leader’s award, the president said Ghana, like most countries in Africa, is blessed with an abundance of human and natural resources, but has, however, over the years, been heavily reliant on the production and export of these natural resources, in their raw form.
He said “We have also not taken deliberate steps to create an educated workforce to spur on the development of our country. Unsurprisingly, we have not been able to bring sufficient progress and prosperity to the mass of Ghanaians. This sad state of affairs has deepened our reliance on aid, charity and handouts, thereby, making us vulnerable to the politics of foreign powers,” he said.
President Akufo-addo opined that he has sought not only to strengthen the country’s democratic credentials, but also to help create wealth and provide opportunities for the generality of the Ghanaian people.
He told the gathering that his government has decided to buck this trend, as it is the only way his government can bring wealth to the Ghanaian people, and halt the dynamic of young men and women leaving the country in search of non-existent greener pastures abroad.
“We want, thus, to emulate the paths to prosperity taken by countries that have become today’s success stories, especially those of Asia,” the President added.