ACCRA– President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stressed the need for Ghana to move quickly to effectively harness and creatively deploy the nation’s resources in order to achieve rapid socio-economic transformation.

It should not be business as usual and things needed to be done differently, he said here Tuesday when addressing a colourful parade to mark Ghana’s 61st independence anniversary, which was celebrated under the theme, Ghana beyond aid.

Guest of honour Nigerian President Muhammudu Buhari was on hand to give added importance to the day’s cerebrations.

President Akufo-Addo touched on the theme and said it is doable and we must believe that what others, with less resources, have done, we can do.

He, however, pointed out that it was going to require hard work, enterprise, creativity, and a consistent fight against corruption in public life.

He spoke of the need to add value to the nation’s raw materials, something which he said was the key to industrialisation, prosperity and job creation.

It is unacceptable that, even though we produce in West Africa 65 per cent of the cocoa beans in the world, we earn only between 3.5 per cent and six per cent of the final price of a chocolate bar. Value addition is, therefore, imperative if we are to maximise the potential to pursue resource-based industrialization.

The President said to become self-reliant, Ghanaians should break away from a mentality of dependency and adopt a confident, can-do spirit, fuelled by love for the country. We cannot subordinate the common good to build a prosperous nation to the selfish interest of a few.

He added that even though underachievement may have been a major part of our history thus far, it should no longer be part of our destiny.



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