Some Members of Parliament have acknowledged the great works of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that has earned him the African of The Year Award, an honor that was bestowed on him by the Forbes Africa Magazine.
To the MPs, President Akufo-Addo greatly deserves the Forbes Honor having worked hard to change the fortunes of Ghana and reposition the African continent on a higher pedestal that has become so attractive to investors around the world.
The Forbes Africa Magazine Award recognizes Africans whose activities have positively impacted on the African continent and at the world at large. The Magazine in honoring President Akufo-Addo said he has “repositioned the country in the global marketplace as one reliant on its own resources and strengths.”
Making a statement on the award on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, December 9, 2021, the Majority Chief Whip and MP for Nsawm-Adoagiri, Frank Annoh-Dompreh said “looking at the track record of the President upon assuming the leadership of this country, there is no doubt that he deserves this award.”
In the view of Hon. Annoh-Dompreh, the decision by President Akufo-Addo to raise more money from the domestic market, re-industrialized the country’s economy and pursue a targeted benchmark value regimes to protect local factories clearly demonstrates his vision for Ghana.
“His vision is to cash in on our own resources and areas we have competitive advantage. Indeed, under his leadership, there has been a positive turnaround in the fortunes of the country. This transformation has led the country to becoming the most important investment destination for foreigners and foreign companies,” he noted.
The Majority Chief Whip further stated that the influx of renowned automobile assembling plants such as Toyota, VW, and Nissan as well as the location of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) Secretariat is a great testimony to the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, noting that “the world has seen the spectacular performance of President Akufo-Addo and his government impacting lives, livelihoods and transforming the country to the admiration and commendation of the world,” he posited”.
He was hopeful that the purpose of the honor bestowed on the President would not be lost on Ghanaians, noting that “Since this is the first time a Ghanaian has won and the second President on the continent received it, I must also say that this honor has cemented our relevance on the continent and continues to enhance the image of the country at the global stage”.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and MP for Damango, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, contributing to the statement said the honor bestowed on President Akufo-Addo should be seen as an honor to the country since the Forbes Africa Magazine Award is not one of those awards that have to be appropriated by one section of the Ghanaian society.
“I think, this is indeed clear recognition of the efforts being made by the government of President Akufo-Addo and every Ghanaian must take pride in the recognition,” he noted.
According to him, the recognition of President Akufo-Addo’s works is a recognition of the collective efforts of Ghanaians.
He said all recipients of the awards in the past all brought honor to their country, stressing that President Akufo-Addo has brought honor to Ghana.
“The institution (Forbes) pointed out the consistency of President Akufo-Addo in terms of his vision for Ghana and Africa, and his attempt to change the structure of the Ghanaian economy. The President has been at the forefront of championing the world economic order which has been structured in a way that puts Africa at a disadvantage. He has never lost the opportunity to advocate for the change of this World Economic Order so that Africa takes its true place in the world economic arrangement”, he noted.
The Minister for Communications and Digitalization and MP for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Tano, Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere, the Western Regional Minister and MP for Takoradi, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah among others all contributed to the statement.