PRESIDENT JOHN Mahama has in his 54th Republic Day address restated his commitment to respecting his oath of office and a promise to work in the best interest of all citizens.
Addressing a presidential luncheon in honour of the country's senior citizens in the State Banquet Hall on Tuesday, President Mahama said he will not only continue to listen, but will work with Ghanaians for a better country. "I made a promise to work in partnership with you, the citizens of this country. I have not forgotten that promise; nor have I forgotten that one of the greatest virtues of leadership is the ability to listen", he stated.
The senior citizens luncheon is organized to commemorate Ghana's Republic Day Anniversary and, according to the President, they (senior citizens) are the heroes of the history of Ghana, "the ones whose labour and values, whose dreams and demands shaped that destiny--and for this alone, we owe them a debt of gratitude." In acknowledging the various obstacles and challenges, the country has gone through and is currently experiencing, President Mahama said some have been resolved but he is working to find the ways and means to overcome the others.
He noted that as President, he wants the best for the country and it is especially children who should have the same opportunities available to them to rise to their highest potential. "I want all of our children to feel entitled to the habit of asking for more, and confident in the knowledge that it can be attained." He welcomed the citizenry's quest to be involved in the governance process and using various methods to draw government's attention to their concerns.
"I want to assure the good citizens of our great nation, the farmers, fishermen, traders, workers, students, security personnel and all 'concerned citizens' that I am listening and that I will continue to listen. "We all have a stake in the destiny of our nation and irrespective of our ethnic origin, gender or political affiliation, we can work together to make our nation great and strong."