With an aura of Africanism around him, President Mahama stepped into the Parliament House clad in traditional smock Thursday morning with one aim – to tell Ghanaians what the State of the Nation is.
And millions of Ghanaians had their ears cocked, and with eagle-gazing eyes ready to listen and watch their President report on the true status of the economy in the past year.
Certainly, for some Ghanaians and the majority in Parliament, he did not disappoint. Not just in terms of content but also living up to his communication prowess. But same could not be said of the rest of Ghanaians and the minority MPs who even shown the President red card before he could end his about six hour State of the Nation Address.
Unlike his previous three addresses, the President this time around adopted a new strategy which he described as evidence-based learning lecture to reinforce his position that he is on course in transforming Ghana.
Our photojournalist Ayerkie Narnor could not help but capture every moment of the way in an epic manner for your viewing pleasure.
President Mahama’s right-hand man, Vice President Amissah-Arthur arriving at the forecourt of the House
…Mr President was welcomed to the forecourt with a rich traditional dance display
…President Mahama inspecting the guard of honour mounted for him.
….Mr IGP, John Kudalor was in full swing as he salutes the Commander-in-Chief to welcome him
…Mr President and his better half, Lordina Mahama arrive at the forecourt of Parliament to a guard of honour.
…for many, the list of entourage at the House would not have been completed without Akua Donkor who appears to be ‘in bed’ with the governing NDC.
…also in attendance were government officials and National Democratic Congress’ executives.
…and the diplomatic corps was well represented to listen to the Presdent present the status of the country’s economy
…for close to six hours, the President reported various interventions his government has understaken to push further his development agenda for the country
…the MPs from the minority side could not wait for President Mahama to end his address when they raised placards bearing different messages to sum up the ‘state of the nation’ per their view
…And the minority MPs who were not impressed by the President’s address shown him a redcard even before he could end.
…but for his death, the MP for Abuakwa North, JB Danqua Adu would have been sitting on this seat drapped in red.
…and again, one those whose economic status has been turnaround by the Mahama-led government