Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, has stated that the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has the right spirit to tackle the challenges of confronting the Ghana, and return the country onto the path of progress and prosperity.
According to Tony Blair, “this is a very important moment for the country and you come at a time of great expectation. You have assumed this great responsibility of office and as it is very apparent, when anyone spends time with you, they realize that this is someone who has the interest of the country in his heart and the right spirit with which to approach these challenges”.
Tony Blair made this known on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo to congratulate him on his victory in the 2016 election, and also share with him strategic initiatives he is embarking on to support African leaders turn their visions for development into reality.
“Our initiative is in eight different countries in Africa today. We are just focussed on a very simple thing, which is helping countries deliver their priority for their people. We do it in completely non-partisan, non-political way. We do it because if the countries can develop and their people can prosper, I think this is not just good for Ghana but good for the region, good for Africa and good for the world”, he stated.
He continued “I am so delighted to come here in this moment in time. When you first come into office it is a moment of huge opportunity. You are always very aware of the weight of responsibility that sits on your shoulder and the one thing that I think is absolutely clear about you and the administration you lead is that you are determined to do your very best for the country and for its people.”
He hoped his time with President Nana Akufo-Addo would rejuvenate his desire and commitment to make Ghana a better place.
On his part, President Nana Akufo-Addo thanked the former British Prime Minister for the courtesy of his visit, and described him as “a very good friend of Ghana and someone who has been concerned about the development of our country.”
He also described the former Prime Minister of the UK as a person with rich experience in governance and admitted that tapping into such experience, could help him in steering the affairs of Ghana.
“He is so much interested in Ghana and its development. He came to have a discussion with me about the ways which he can help, the insights that he has had into governance and how that could also help me in what I am trying to do. So, I am really very happy to have him back here”, President Nana Akufo-Addo said about Tony Blair.