Mr Speaker, I beg to contribute to the Motion to thank the President for his delivery to this House.
Mr Speaker, a lot has been said concerning the President's State of the Nation Address. The issues that have been raised in respect of this State of the Nation Address are numerous but basically, the issues have been on the economy, energy and infrastructure.
Mr Speaker, indeed, the President, in his Address, traced where we came from and where we are going. The President was candid with this House in accepting the situation in which we find ourselves but he nevertheless proposed solutions to the problems.
The President told us that there were times when this nation was on its knees when even our neighbours used to refer
to us as a nation where we queue for toilet paper. At times, we even had to procure uncooked kenkey, so that we were not left behind. The President was so frank with us and analysed the problems of the nation and suggested solutions on how we can come out of these problems.
Mr Speaker, we need to thank the President. He was very objective and all the issues that have been raised, particularly on energy, he has answers to all of them. As a nation, we have to face the reality that there are times we cannot avoid facing challenges and as human beings, if we face challenges, we must be able to provide an antidote to them.
Mr Speaker, much has been said on the issue of energy and the President was very clear that these times are different from the times past. The demand for energy and the use of energy, both domestic and industrial, have increased. People now use it to charge their phones. Even school children have to charge their phones.
The demand for energy is so great, to the extent that we cannot meet the population increase, hence having all these challenges but the President has told us that we knew where we came from in 1983. We know what has happened. All our past leaders have tried to manage this problem but he, John Mahama, will fix this problem as we go along.
He did not only say so. He gave us the programme which would lead us to solving the problem. I will refer to page three of the State of the Nation Address; the President said and with your permission, I beg to quote:
“Following power purchase agreements entered into with several Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and plants that VRA is
currently working on, we expect, starting from this year and over the next 5 years to inject 3,665 MW of power into our power transmission grid.”
Mr Speaker, this is a man who has seen the problem, made plans and is ready to fix the challenges that face the country.
Energy is one of the issues that have affected almost every aspect of our lives and if we can, as the President has provided, that in the next five years, this energy problem would be solved. The only thing we can say to that man is that Mr President, you have our support and that go ahead and solve the problem that you have identified.
Therefore, Mr Speaker, the generation programme which the President has put in place should tell us that all the noise we are making, the plan to overcome all these problems or challenges, is just near. What is needed is for our Hon Colleagues on the other side of the isle to know that the President is not resting at all.
Mr Speaker, much has been said about the economy. All that is said is that we are borrowing too much. Mr Speaker, nobody can progress without funds. As a human being, if you do not have funds, you go and procure. If we are borrowing, the issue should be, what we are using the loans for.
Mr Speaker, let us get into the system. Ghana is faced with water problems which the President has solved. Go to Adentan, which used to be a place where water was a problem. Today, the residents of Adentan are happy; they are celebrating the President. Why can we not also do the same?
Mr Speaker, the loans are not just for taking sake, but it is because we need