Akufo-Addo’s Focus: Building a Progressive Nation

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to implementing innovative policies and programs aimed at fostering a progressive and prosperous nation, despite the challenges faced by his administration. During his speech at the First Special Congregation of Valley View University in Oyibi, Ghana, President Akufo-Addo emphasized his unwavering belief in initiatives such as Free Senior High education, One-district, One-factory, Planting for Food and Jobs, and digitalization as the best approaches for national progress.

President Akufo-Addo also underscored the significance of education as the key to Ghana’s development. He praised Valley View University for its dedication to delivering quality education and urged other universities in the country to follow its example. As part of the ceremony, honorary degrees were conferred upon Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor, former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, and Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare. President Hichilema received a Doctor of Humane Letters, while former President Kufuor, Mrs. Agyemang-Rawlings, and Mrs. Osei-Opare were each awarded a Doctor of Science degree.

Valley View University, established in 1992, is a private chartered university in Ghana, with campuses located in Oyibi, Accra, and Kumasi. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs across various disciplines, including business, education, law, and theology.

Earlier, President Akufo-Addo hosted Zambian President Hichilema during his three-day state visit to Ghana at the Jubilee House. President Hichilema was accompanied by ministers of state and other government officials.

Acknowledging the recent challenges faced by the nation, President Akufo-Addo expressed his confidence in a brighter future, attributing his optimism to solid reasons and divine grace. Reflecting on his political journey, he highlighted his involvement in the fight against military rule and the restoration of constitutional democracy in Ghana, aligning his governance principles with the vision of a free, just, prosperous, and united country cherished by the nation’s forefathers.

President Akufo-Addo humbly accepted the citation bestowed upon him, recognizing the accompanying responsibilities and the expectations of the Ghanaian people. He viewed it as a testament to the rewards of fulfilling one’s mandate in office and expressed gratitude for the generous commendation conveyed in the citation.

Former President Kufuor, speaking on behalf of the awardees, expressed appreciation to Valley View University for the honor of receiving honorary doctorate degrees. He emphasized the significance of public service that promotes inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and the reduction of discrimination based on gender, religion, tribe, or social standing. Former President Kufuor also emphasized the importance of accountability as a fundamental value for good governance and democracy.

President Hichilema of Zambia commended Valley View University for recognizing leaders who have made significant contributions to the well-being of citizens in their respective sectors. He encouraged the institution to continue its progress and urged leaders not to relent in their efforts to enhance the education sector. President Hichilema further advocated for policymakers to allocate resources to education, highlighting it as the best investment for achieving equitable development and eradicating poverty in societies.

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