Ghana News – Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president on Saturday in a ceremony attended by dozens of African leaders, sealing a rare peaceful transfer of power in a region plagued by political crises.
Akufo-Addo, 72, a former opposition leader, defeated incumbent John Dramani Mahama in elections a month ago.
The major cocoa and gold exporter is half-way through a three-year aid program with the International Monetary Fund to fix an economy dogged by high public debt and inflation.
“It is time to make sure that there is a true separation of powers in our arms of government.
“I shall protect the public purse by insisting on value for money in all transactions. Public service is just that; it is not an avenue for making money.
“It is time to imagine and dream again. Ghana is opened for business again. The change we have voted for has to start with each individual. I ask you to be responsible citizens.
“It is time to define what being a Ghanaian ought to mean. Being a Ghanaian must mean you sign up to a definable code of conduct.
“A new dawn has arisen in Ghana.”
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