President Akufo-Addo has implored Ghanaians to mobilize for a better future that will give every citizen equal opportunities to realize their potential.

He made the appeal at the 6th March Independence Parade at the Black Star Square in Accra.

“Let us mobilize for the happy and prosperous Ghana of tomorrow, in which all of us, including our youth, our women and the vulnerable in our society, will have equal opportunities to realise their potential, and build lives of dignity. Then, our independence will be meaningful. Then, we will have a Ghana beyond aid,” Nana Addo said.

While expressing hope that Ghanaians will “continue to make ourselves worthy inheritors of this land”, the President was also optimistic that “we [Ghanaians] can achieve the dreams of our forebears.”

The President for the better of his speech, gave brief history of the country’s independence struggle, acknowledging the men and women whose contribution have brought the country to this point.

The President also expressed concern about the high levels of environmental degradation, saying Ghanaians are “the endangering the very survival of the beautiful and blessed land that our forebears bequeathed to us.”

“The dense forests, that were home to varied trees, plants and fauna, have largely disappeared. Today, we import timber for our use, and the description of our land as a tropical forest no longer fits the reality Nana Addo reminded Ghanaians about the “right to exploit the bounties of the earth and extract the minerals and even redirect the path of the rivers” but was quick to add that “we do not have the right to denude the land of the plants and fauna nor poison the rivers and lakes.”

“There is nothing we can do better to pay homage to those who fought to free us from bondage than to dedicate this 60th independence anniversary to protecting our environment and regenerating the lands and water bodies,” he added.

An Independence day Parade was held at the Black Star square to climax activities for the 60th Anniversary celebration of Ghana. Thousands of Ghanaians participated in the activity that has seen other Heads of States arrive in the country to commemorate the day.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Togo’s Faure Gnassingbe are a few of the several dignitaries in town for Ghana’s 60th Independence Day celebration.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wearing a white batakari over black trousers took the national salute when he arrived the parade grounds a few minutes after 10am.

Prayers were then said after which, the President inspected the parade accompanied by the Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

The president took his first ride on the national ceremonial vehicle to inspect the contingent formed by the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Navy, Ghana Air Force, Ghana Prisons, Ghana Police, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Prisons, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Immigration Service and the schools contingent.

President Akufo-Addo after inspecting the parade moved to the cenotaph of the unknown solider to light the perpetual flame. The lighting of the flame signified the rekindling of the Ghanaian spirit.

The torch will travel across Ghana making stops at all 10 regional capitals in the course of the year. The torch was handed over to boxing legend “Professor Zumzum” Azuma Nelson who then sent it to the Accra Sports Stadium to hand it over to the Greater Accra Regional Minister.