TOMORROW, January 7, 2017 is the inauguration of President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. It will be a busy day loaded with numerous activities which will also witness the rich display of the Ghanaian diverse culture.
WE have been told that about 6,000 guests are expected to grace the occasion. And these include some African presidents and foreign diplomats. It has also been confirmed that the Special Guest of Honour for the swearing-in ceremony is H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of La Cote d’Ivoire.
FROM the above therefore, it is clear that Saturday’s inauguration is going to be a historical event to usher in the seventh Republic. The onus is on the State Protocol Department to ensure a flawless and well organised event that everyone would be proud of.
TALKING about the successful organisation of the event brings into question the security arrangements between now and tomorrow, the d-day itself. It is a day that we cannot afford any security lapses.
LUCKILY, the Police Administration has come out to assure the nation, having indicated its readiness to maintain high security across the country ahead of and during tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony. According to the Police Director of Operations, Chief Superintendent, Dr. Benjamin Agordzo, the police will clamp down on activities of people who want to foment trouble.
IN addition, the Chief Superintendent, Dr. Agordzo has indicated that police officials have been dispatched across the country to maintain peace, law and order. It is refreshing to learn that the Police are leaving nothing to chance.
WITH just twenty four hours to the event we urge effective collaboration among security agencies to ensure that the ceremony becomes a success. We are thus looking forward to seeing the police and the military working closely together until the inauguration is over.
OF course tomorrow’s ceremony is not the first time a sitting president would be seen passing on the baton of leadership to a president-elect of a new administration. It happened on January 7, 2009 when ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) handed over power to the late President Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
CLEARLY we have gained experience well enough to sail through tomorrow. It is along this line that we entreat all those who have been entrusted with responsibilities tomorrow to give off their best to raise the flag of Ghana high.
TO the incoming president we wish him and his administration the best during their four year term. Much as Ghanaians are expecting a lot from them many more will be watching them closely. The expectations are very high and so no room should be left for mediocrity or better still, failure.