ON Saturday, January 7, 2017, Ghana made another stride in her growing democracy. It was a day that the world witnessed again the handing over of power from one democratically elected president to another in peace and tranquility.
THUS, H.E. John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who lost his bid to run for a second-term on his party’s ticket (the National Democratic Congress-NDC), passed the mantle of leadership to Ghana’s 5th President under the Fourth Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
IT must be said that the swearing-in and inauguration ceremony of Ghana’s 5th President was indeed a sight to behold. The number of foreign dignitaries that graced the occasion, the captivating euphoria that gripped the thousands of Ghanaians who graced the occasion holding their Ghana flags made the day a moving one.
THE sea of colours that charaterised the event as well as the rich diverse culture put up no doubt added much to the occasion. It brought a moment of pride to us as Ghanaians, a people with one destiny. No wonder that in his speech, the President himself said he was proud to be a Ghanaian.
ALL that we witnessed last Saturday, in the opinion of Today, also symbolise and paint a picture of unity and oneness—that we can go to the polls as people of different ideologies and come out peacefully to witness a smooth hand over from one administration to the other.
AND so, from henceforth, though he came to power on the ticket of the NPP, President Akufo-Addo is President of the entire nation, swearing an oath of allegiance not to his party but to Ghanaians. In any case, in his victory speech on 9th December, 2016, he made it clear that he will be a President for all Ghanaians.
WITH the inauguration over, it is now official that our country is under a new executive and a new legislature. The old has passed and the new is now in. And so, as we put our hands together to welcome our new President, Today seizes the opportunity to charge all Ghanaians to rally behind him and help in our little ways to contribute our quota, no matter how small, towards making Ghana great again.
THE political and election season have come and gone, it is now time for all hands to be on deck to move this nation forward. On this score we congratulate President Akufo-Addo and wish his administration the best of luck as he steers the affairs of this nation to 2020.
MR President, AKWAABA. Behind the euphoria, there are many expectations to be met. The countdown to “one district one factory and one village one dam” is now here and so, we wish you well.
*At Akufo-Addo’s investiture
Story: Kofi Owusu Tawiah
IT was business all over at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s investiture at the Black Star Square in Accra on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
Many traders, particularly hawkers, took advantage of the high demand for New Patriotic Party’s (NP’s) paraphernalia to sell them instead of their original stock of items.
The NPP paraphernalia, including handkerchiefs, beads for the wrist, caps, hats, ‘T’ shirts, watches, scarves, whistles and vuvuzelas, among others, were in abundance at the venue of the inauguration.
Prices of the items ranged between Gh¢6.00 to Gh¢15.00
For instance, a yard of the victory cloth was sold at Gh¢15.00 while other items like whistle, flags, balloons were selling as low as Gh¢1.00
Some traders who shared their excitement with Today over the high sales indicated that they decided to sell NPP paraphernalia after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the winner in last month’s presidential election.
They disclosed that they started cashing in last week Wednesday ahead of the inauguration.
Naa Ayele, who previously sold yam at the Tema Station area, said selling the paraphernalia was a profitable business, for which reason, she momentarily suspended her normal yam business.
A mobile phone seller at Osu, Stephen Ofei, 54, said shortly after the affirmation of Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the December 7, poll he switched business to sell NPP paraphernalia.
“What I know is that anytime either Kumasi Asante kotoko or Accra Hearts of Oak wins a football match, sale of their paraphernalia goes up. It is the same with the NPP. So as a business person you must be smart and quickly adapt to it,” he said.
A pawpaw seller at Nsawam, Miss Ama Dakoaa, also said she stopped selling pawpaw for a while and because she knew she would make some profit in the sale of NPP paraphernalia.
“That is what I occasionally do when the pawpaw business is not flourishing, especially during dry season. I sell all kinds of paraphernalia, those of Hearts of Oak, Kotoko and churches as well.
“NPP has given me a job and I am exceptionally blissful,” she expressed.
She said she would shift business to the sale of pawpaw since politics was over, but may resume when the Ghana Premiere League resumes after the AFCON.
Another beneficiary of the sale of NPP paraphernalia, Obaa Yaa, who is a chop bar operator, confirmed to Today that business was good.
According to her, she spent the night at the Black Star Square with her workers to make sure no one occupied her place.
She said she occasionally operates at the Accra Sports Stadium anytime there was a big match.
Sachet water sellers were also there in their numbers. Some brought their freezers from their homes to the Black Star Square where they sold with their own generating plants.
Some NPP supporters were also seen distributing water freely. Auntie Adoley told Today that the move was her widow’s mite to Nana Addo and the party.