Today, the President will deliver what we know as the State of the Nation address. He will try to out-do Barack Obama who delivered a similar address a few weeks ago. Not gonna happen. I anticipate the President's address to be filled with lots of catchy phrases and nice fancy words that you read in famous speeches. Most importantly, the President will paint and a bright picture of the country's economy to attract the rather diminishing foreign investment. But all that will be BULLSHIT (I'm beginning to use this word more frequently) to me and many other Ghanaians simply because that is not the true state of our dear country.
A true state of the nation address should address the Election Petition challenging the President's election. Particularly, should the Petitioners succeed at the Supreme Court, the President will not be available to next year to deliver another State of the Nation address. The leader of the nation could change at anytime from today and that should be addressed.
The next thing the President should address is the 'dum so dum so' crisis. The President promised Ghanaians during his campaign, and on national television that the power crisis will end around mid-November 2012. He delivers his maiden State of the Nation address today and we have severe power cuts worse than we did at the time he made his promises. That is the true state of the nation and same should be addressed.
Ghana is also facing severe water crisis. I woke up this morning to no water. Apparently, the water had ceased to flow since the previous day. Ghana is facing water rationing in 2013 and that should be addressed as the true state of the nation.
Less than a week ago, the President and his government removed subsidies on fuel thereby causing a 20% increase in fuel prices. This 20% increase has affected all other aspects of the economy with prices shooting up everywhere. This is the true State of the Nation and I would want to hear the President address that.
I do not want to hear promises because I have heard all those before. I want to hear steps he has taken to solve the above problems, which reflect the true state of the nation.