of vision and His Excellency deserves commendation.
Mr. Speaker, to wind up, His Excellency
has directed that we should be able to work by a system of “you generate and you distribute.” So Mr. Speaker, our distribution which -- It is going to be the year of rural electrification under the direction of the President in the light of the facilities that we have got at the moment. Mr. Speaker, not once in the history of this country did we have fifteen million dollars of materials waiting for use at the same time whilst we are also expecting thirty million dollars worth of materials also from India to arrive by the middle of this year.
Mr. Speaker, by the cumulative
elevation of these events, His Excellency has directed a policy of “you generate and you distribute,” and by the generation we are looking also at solar, for example. And Mr. Speaker, His Excellency has secured for this Republic five million euros worth from Spain in this connection.
Mr. Speaker, with regard to wind
energy in the lower eastern basin of this country, particularly the Volta region, His Excellency has secured an UNIDO grant in that direction, and we are also working on mini dams with the cooperation of India and China. Mr. Speaker, this shows clearly a leader with vision, a leader with a purpose; and we must congratulate His Excellency for the direction that he has given his Government and for which we must all support him.
Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to contribute.
Mr. Kofi Frimpong (NPP - Kwabre
East): Thank you, Mr. Speaker for the opportunity to add my voice to the
numerous ones in thanking the President for the State of the Nation Address and the motion which was ably moved by hon. Nana Akomea.
Mr. Speaker, why the thank you? After
all, the President came to perform his constitutional obligation. But we must thank him because the Address that he gave contains a lot of hope and a clear vision forward as a nation. I was therefore amazed when some people said that the Address contained nothing new but an old story that has been recycled. Mr. Speaker, assuming that, it is true, I wish to state and submit that in the Holy Bible and the Holy Koran which were written about one thousand years ago, nothing new has been added; but the followers and believers of these holy books read them to invigorate themselves spiritually, everyday.
Mr. Speaker, I wish to urge the President not to be distracted. I wish to urge the President to go ahead and ignore those baseless statements and criticisms, and be focused and let the NPP Government with its progressive allies move the country forward towards the golden goal that we set ourselves.
Mr. Speaker, the NPP Government led
by President Kufuor has shown us the difference. Somebody may ask, what is the difference? The difference is between good governance, that is democracy, and bad governance, which is despotism. Mr. Speaker, what amuses me most in the Address is found on page 16. Mr. Speaker, I wish to urge my hon. Colleagues to turn to page 16 of the Address, and with your permission I read -- there is a sentence written in bold letters.
“GHANA - 1OTH HAPPIEST
COUNTRY IN THE WORLD”
We all know that in a class of about
forty, if somebody comes tenth he is so
happy, he is so proud and he goes ahead to achieve better laurels next time. Here, Ghana, among about one hundred and eighty nations in the world, has been ranked as the tenth happiest country in the world, meaning that a lot has gone into the development of this country under President Kufuor.
Mr. Speaker, I wish to state here that if the ranking has been done about ten years back, Ghana would have been ranked among the last but tenth happiest people in the world. Why do I say so? Ghana would have been ranked the last but tenth happiest, or among the unhappiest nations in the world.
Mr. Speaker, I wish to state that the
President should go ahead to develop the country so that we can become the first happiest country in the world. I wish to refresh our minds on a few of the numerous atrocities that were meted out to us as Ghanaians by fellow Ghanaians who had usurped the power to rule the country and which would have made us one of the least happiest countries in the world -- if grammar would allow me.
Mr. Speaker, I want to state just a few of them and in doing, I would refer to what went on in 1986 during a treason trial that went on in Ghana. Mr. Speaker, with your indulgence I would want to quote from the Executive Summary of the National Reconciliation Commission Report that was publish in October 2004. Mr. Speaker, I am reading from page 190, the last paragraph. The treason trial of 1986 -- I will read extensively from this book so I want you to bear with me - [Interruption.] Yes, 1986 --
“In the early hours of October
1985, a team of police officers led by Chief Supt. Victor Agbenator went to the home of Evelyn Gyan at Tema. They conducted a search and found under a bed a sack which they said
contained guns and ammunition. They arrested Evelyn, her nephew Atta Boakye, her brother, Kyeremeh Gyan and his friend Mawuli Drah Goka. On 5th March 1986 Mawuli Drah Goka, Kyeremeh Gyan and thirteen others were arraigned and charged with conspiring to overthrow the Government of Ghana. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.”
I will continue.
“At the trial, the prosecution sought to tender in evidence confession statements alleged to have been made by the accused persons. When the defence objected to the statements going on, George Agyekum, Chairman of the Public Tribunal decided to admit them. At the end of the trial, he convicted all but one of the accused persons; he sentenced Mawuli Drah Gokah, Kyereme Djan, Yaw Brefo-Berko, Samuel Boama Panyin, Ahmed Briamah Kankani, W. O. II Samuel Charles Aforo and Private Charles Koomson to death.
The sentences were carried out on 21st June, 1986 and the bodies were buried in two unmarked graves. The confession statements were taken by Detective Inspector James Kofi Atopley. When he produced the confession statements, objection was raised to their admission on the ground that they were not voluntary but were extracted under a series of tortures administered to them over a long period between their arrest and making of the statements.”