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Migration: What Akufo Addo told Merkel


‘We envisage a future where we would not need foreign aid’

By Tajudeen Hamzat


Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo has said that his nation is actively working on making illegal migration by its citizens to Europe manifestly unattractive through a massive programme of developing the home economy.

He was speaking when the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel came calling in Accra at the close of the month of August as part of a three-nation West African tour that also saw her making stops in Nigeria and Senegal.

Hear him:

“It is our determination to deal with matters confronting the country such as youth unemployment, and the desire of our youth to seek greener pastures elsewhere by improving the management of our national economy.”

“The stronger the economy we have, the more opportunities it gives to the young people and obviously, the pressure that will be on them to embark on those hazardous undertakings, will be dealt with.”

“In so doing, we’ve set for ourselves a vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, a Ghana which will depend more and more on mobilizing its own internal resources to confront the issues of development that there are before us.”

“There are a lot of opportunities here, and we are hoping that this business delegation that you have brought with you will see the opportunities that there are in several of the flagship programmes of our government, the One-District-One-Factory, the industrial parks, that we are determined to create.”

The Ghanaian economy, which is one of the most robust in the world today is projected to grow at 8.5 per cent in 2018.




President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana

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