Alhassan Bashir Fuseini, also known as Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, is the member of parliament for Sagnarigu, and he has called Akufo-Addo’s 2023 State of the Nation Address (SONA) the most depressing and boring speech ever.
He claims that instead of reminding them of what his government has accomplished, Ghanaians expected the president to provide specifics about what he is doing to alleviate the agonizing suffering those people are experiencing.
“…Honestly this is one of the most hopelessly, uninspiring speeches I have heard from a president on the State of the Nation Address to the citizen. At a crucial time like this when Ghanaians expect that at least a glimmer of hope will be provided for them, peruse the entire speech that the president read, where did he give hope? Can you point to me one place that he gave hope.
“…Admitting that we are in a crisis is a non-story. Everybody in Ghana, who doesn’t know we are in crisis? even foreigners they know we are in crisis, so it is not about coming to repeat to Ghanaians that the pain when the people are harbouring, you come and remind them about their pain. Ghanaians didn’t want the president to come and remind them of their pain, what are you doing about the pain? what have you done about the pain and going forward what is the remedy for the people?” He continued.
According to Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, Article 67, the President is required to address Parliament with a statement on the State of the Country at the beginning of each session and before it is dissolved.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces presents the government’s plan for the upcoming year and makes legislative proposals to Parliament during the SONA, which is a constitutional requirement and yearly custom.
Representatives of Parliament (MPs), the Speaker of Parliament, and the judiciary are required to accept the President’s SONA under Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, Article 67.