A brand new year is here with us, and we have a bright hope for a great future.
In this second year of my first term, we are forging ahead, with faith and fortitude to build on the foundations we have laid.
In this new year, 2014, we have greater work to do.
In the area of jobs and decent work, I am going to focus on implementing policies that generate jobs, especially for our youth.
We are certain that a number of key projects we have embarked on, like the Takoradi Harbour Extension and the construction of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra, plus several road projects, will deliver some decent jobs.
The drive to create jobs is one of the reasons why we have worked hard to ensure that any unscheduled power cut (or dumsor) becomes a thing of the past. We have made some progress, and load-shedding - that resulted in many days of power outages - has been curtailed. But we not done yet. We will work even harder this year to ensure that we achieve further and lasting improvements in our power supply.
People who never cease to complain regarding our country's situation do not see the forest for the trees. From time to time, it is very useful to take a step sideways so you can recall where you started and how far you are from the goal you've chosen to attain.
Let's take, for instance, the Millennium Development Goals. What are these? You may remember that, in the year 2000, the world, in celebrating the millennium, decided to set some goals that all countries are supposed to achieve by 2015. They were called the Millennium Development Goals.
Every year, each country had to give an annual report. And this has been a good thing, because never before had we set targets - the world, as a whole. And all of us were supposed to achieve those targets by 2015.
Since this is my first blog post in 2014, please let me start by wishing you all - Happy New Year! I hope that 2014 will bring in your lives the first harvest of the fruits our government sowed in(...)