By Fatima Anafu-Astanga, GNA
Bolgatanga, March 7, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has said Ghana remains iconic and still holds a respectable place in the history of Africa hence the need to be independent on foreign aid.
He said Ghana’s role in championing independence on the continent is still relevant and we have a responsibility to keep high standards of performance.
The President said this in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Rockson Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister, during the 61st independence anniversary.
The event was held under the theme: “Ghana Beyond Aid”, at the Ramsey Park in Bolgatanga where 450 men and women from the security services and over 1,500 basic and second cycle schools participated.
President Akuffo Addo said “the only nation we are destined to become is one we choose and decide to be. We do not accept someone’s definition of Africa and Ghana. We must define and craft our destiny”, he stated.
He said for Ghana to achieve that state, a deliberate and qualitative change in all aspects of life especially the attitudes of the people, the structure of the economy, infrastructure, education and the acquisition of skills was needed.
He said a change in fortunes could only happen when our economies improve and added that his stance in advocating for ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ which was also the theme of the Independence Day celebration was because aid is not a panacea to the development of the country.
The President said Ghana was endowed with rich natural resources such as gold, bauxite, diamonds, oil, timber, cocoa, water and fertile land but the nation was yet to benefit from such resources.
He expressed his commitment to chart a path to prosperity and self-respect for the nation stating that “Ghana beyond Aid is a prosperous and self-confident Ghana that is in charge of its economic destiny”.
Awards were given to the St Paul Primary school which emerged first in the primary category, Great victory Academy came second and Gloryland primary came third in their performance of the march past, dance and acrobatic display.
At the junior high level, Sacred Heart International School came first, Fountain Gate International and Central Lyceum were second and third respectively and at the senior high level, Bolgatanga Girls Senior High placed first, Zamse Senior High second, and Zuarungu Senior High emerged third.
Mr Esso Pirenewe, the Secretary General of the Republic of Togo, who graced the occasion gave a Solidarity message on behalf of his people.