Mahama delivers last State of the Nation

January 5, 2017
Source: thebftonline |Ghana
Mahama delivers last State of the Nation

President John Mahama will today deliver his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) as he comes to the end of his four-year tenure.

The address is in fulfilment of Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution and is expected to highlight some of the nation’s achievements and challenges.

Some governance experts say the outgoing President's address my be reconciliatory.

According to a statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament and signed by its Deputy Director, Ms Kate Addo, after the address on Thursday, January 5, on the midnight of Friday, the House will be dissolved in order to usher in the sixth Parliament.

 “Minutes after the life of the sixth parliament stands dissolved, the next one is activated by the inauguration ceremony that will take place on the midnight of the [7th of January]," she added.

Mahama is expected to use the address to highlight his achievements during his tenure as president of Ghana.

The President is also expected to inform Ghanaians about the overall growth of the country, vis-a-vis the current fiscal discipline, especially, in an election year and the revised fiscal projections for this year due to fall in crude oil prices.

He is also likely to touch on issues relating to power and the performance of the various sectors of the economy.

In his third State of the Nation address in 2015, President Mahama touched on a myriad of issues from the economy to power, announcing government’s plans to invest GH¢1 billion in road projects across the country.