He asked Ghanaians to maintain the peace and togetherness in the country during this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections. “We should let the spirit of togetherness guide our paths during this year’s elections.” He noted.
The vice president made this appeal when he was delivering a speech at this year’s Republic Day President’s Cup match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday to commemorate Ghana’s Republic Day celebrations. He was sitting in for president John Evans Atta Mills who could not honour the invitation.
He said there is the need to commend the country’s Founding Fathers for their forethought and struggles that has ensured Ghana’s status as the first in the sub-region to gain independence.
The vice president said that plans are being put in place to ensure the socio-economic development of the country and appealed to all and sundry to support and collaborate to help the Government’s ‘Better Ghana’ agenda becomes a reality.
Mr. Mahama said Government was committed to enhancing the well-being and needs of the people and will make sure that infrastructural development is provided and improved across the length and breadth of the country.
He urged Ghanaians to use the spirit of togetherness exhibited at sporting events, especially football to saturate every aspect of the country’s development agenda.
Mr. Mahama extended the greetings of the President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mils and his own to the teams and their representatives and the supporters for making the time to watch the match.
He said the President is interested in the living conditions of the aged in the country and also the youth has been the focus of the better Ghana agenda.
The vice president also appealed to private and corporate organizations to help build sports in the country.
The Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) Alhaji Ali Raji, said the match a sign of exhibiting the peace in the country. He thanked the participating teams for taking part in the President’s Cup match and asked them to bear the rules and regulations governing the game.
Alhaji Raji commended all the Premier League Clubs for a successful season and urged them to make arrangements that will improve their performances in the next football season.
At the end of the game, the league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko were beaten by two goals to one by CAF Champions League reps Berekum Chelsea.