President John Mahama has bemoaned Ghanaians’ inability to appreciate the successes the country has chalked over the decades.
Speaking at the ‘Tortsogbeza’ (River Crossing Festival) in the South Tongu district of the Volta region Saturday, Mahama said Ghana has chalked a lot of firsts among her peers in the subregion, but Ghanaians gloss over them and keep comparing the country to nations who have advanced over time.
“There is no better country in West Africa than Ghana,” the president told the chiefs and people of Sokpoe, a town along the Volta river close to Sogakope.
“If we can only recognize our success that as I speak today 86% of our people have access to electricity when the West African average is 50, people have access to clean water and recognize that this country has the most extensive access to motorable roads we must recognize and build on them.”
The president said Ghana can only develop and boast of its success once its citizens recognize it and talk about it.
“We have the best access to health care in terms of facility. We have 1.5 million children receiving one meal a day and these are successes we take for granted… there is something peculiar about us Ghanaians… we forget that our country is still young and growing but we keep comparing us to others. We can make our country great and strong but we can do so when we focus on it.”