7 January 2018. A National Thanksgiving Church Service marking 25 years of the Fourth (4th) Republic in Ghana has been held at the Independence Square in Accra on Sunday 7 January, 2018.
The Thanksgiving Service was dubbed “Celebrating the goodness of the Lord”
According to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, the day marks exactly 25 years since the Constitution of the 4th Republic came into force with the 1st Parliament convening the same day. “Parliament has grown stronger in stature and in its contribution to good governance,” he added.
He further stated that the Judiciary which was an independent arbiter aimed to inspire confidence in the citizenry, has ensured the commitment to a multi-party democracy and defending the rights and liberties of the people.
He mentioned that democratic rule has enabled important developments such as the longest constitutional governance in the history of Ghana, sustained growths in the size of the economy, rising levels of per capita income and systematic expansion of the private sector.
Aside these developments, President Akufo-Addo stated that the nation faced challenges like poverty, chieftaincy and ethnic conflicts, land disputes, vigilantism, cyber security issues, youth unemployment, and corruption in the public sector among others.
“I am confident that with the spirit of reconciliation, fairness integrity and hard work, the best days of Mother Ghana lie ahead of us. Together we are laying a platform to the evolution of the new Ghanaian civilization which would give true meaning to the foundational values of freedom and justice on which our nation was conceived” he noted.
He commended the Council of State and the Security Services for their contribution to the stabilization of peace and security in the country over the period. He paid tribute to the Former President, John Evans Atta-Mills, Former Vice Presidents Kow Nkensen Arkaah and Alhaji Aliu Mahama; all of blessed memory.
Present at the service were Former Presidents of the 4th Republic; His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, State Officials, Members of Parliament, Heads of the Security Services and other high profile dignitaries.