President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will today, Thursday, February 21, 2019, present the state of the nation address in Parliament.
The statement, titled “Message of the State of the Nation” (SONA) is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which states: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation.”
His presentation today would be the third since the party took office some two years ago.
The president is expected to touch on the performance of the economy, agriculture, social protection, and politics; and also tell Ghanaians measures Government was adopting to deal with national security and Ghana dealings with the international community.
Majority Leader of Parliament had said Minister are expected to attend upon the House to respond to 13 questions during the week; featuring questions on Ministries of Communications, Trade and Industry, Food and Agriculture and Roads and Highways.
Among the questions to be answered by the Minister of Trade and Industry are: when the Ministry will operationalize the Ghana International Trade Commission to help neutralize cheap imports.
The Minister of Trade and Industry would tell the House, what the Ministry was doing to ensure that manufacturers of plastic products, produce recyclable materials; what plans the Government of Ghana has to revive the Saltpond Ceramic Company, and what steps are being taken to revamp the Ayensu Starch Factory.
The Minister of agriculture is also expected to appear before the House and give an update on “Planting for Food and Jobs”; and the specified locations of the 311 facilities earmarked for the “one district, one dam programme.”
The House would also want to know from the Minister what measures the Ministry is putting in place to support the poultry industry.