''...God bless all Ghanaian workers and us all'', President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo celebrates workers in the country.
President Akufo-Addo addressed workers as the nation marked May Day today to celebrate the hard work and contributions of all citizens who labour day and night.
May, 1, 2020 Workers' Day celebrations could not be commemorated with the usual colourful parade and funfair by workers due to the impact of COVID-19.
Because of the restrictions on large assemblies of people in the country aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus, the President held a virtual labour day meeting a selected number of workers at the Jubilee House, the seat of government, where he telecast live his address to Ghanaians.
President Akufo-Addo, in his speech, admonished Ghanaians to keep adhering to the preventive protocols towards the COVID-19 pandemic and also applauded all workers for not losing hope in his leadership.
“Workers of Ghana, job creation is one of the most important priorities of this government. It is the thrust of the social contract and over the course of our stay in government, we've taken bold innovative and urgent steps to realizing this. Indeed, the latest Ghana living standards survey states that the rate of unemployment which stood at 11.9% in 2015 dropped to 7.3% in 2019. By the same token, our GDP has been growing over the last three years at an average of 7 percent per year up from 3.4 percent we inherited in 2016. Ghana, in this period, has become the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in West Africa. All this because our macro-economy has been considerably strengthened. However, recent events have threatened derail the progress we have made as a nation,” he said.
He was nonetheless hopeful the nation will get back into good shape with the collective effort of all workers and Ghanaians entirely.
“That is why I believe for this year's celebration 'COVID-19 Impact On Employment And Working Conditions' is apt as it puts into sharp focus the exigencies of our time and the work each and everyone has to do to get our nation fully back to work...I wish you a happy May Day celebration even if a restrained one. May God bless all Ghanaian workers and us all. And may God bless our homeland Ghana and make a great and strong.”
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