Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Thursday, walked out of Parliament moments the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo walked in to deliver a message on the State of the Nation.
The boycott of the President’s message on the State of the Nation, according to the NDC MPs, is in protest over what they described as “Oppressor’s rule”.
Dressed in black attire, the NDC MPs walked out immediately the National Anthem was sang with the group repeating a stanza in the anthem that states that “…and help to resist oppressor’s rule”, an action that made the President uncomfortable.
The NDC MPs had earlier served notice that they will boycott the President’s address on the State of the Nation with a reason that they had not received their share of the Common Fund released for the various Assemblies for the third quarter of 2019.
Article 67 mandates the President to at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before the dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament a message on the state of the nation.
Today’s address marks the last of his four-year mandate as the nation heads off to another election in December.
President Akufo-Addo is expected to itemize sector by sector the general health condition of the country and outline policies and programmes to facilitate the country’s socio-economic development in his second State of the Nation Address.