Akufo-Addo presser not for self-adulation – Hamid
President Nana Akufo-Addo will not use Tuesday’s press conference to shower praises on himself, Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has told journalists.
“This is not a press conference to engage in self-aggrandisement and say that: ‘We have done this, we have achieved this, we have achieved that.’ That’s not the purpose.
“We will not come and give ourselves marks as other presidents have done in the past and say: ‘We’ve achieved 90 percent, 80 percent’, we don’t believe it is proper for us to set our own exam questions, mark them and grade ourselves and all that,” Mr Hamid said on Monday, 17 July ahead of the president’s encounter with the media at the Flagstaff House.
Mr Hamid said: “This press conference by the president is in line with his pledge, when he took over office, to be accountable and open and accessible to the Ghanaian people for two reason: he thinks that this accountability and interaction with the Ghanaian people is first of all a democratic requirement … and then secondly also he recognises that he is a human being and, therefore, that he is not perfect and, therefore, that once in a while, you’ll meet with people, they will give you ideas, they’ll make suggestions, they will even criticise your policies and so on so that you can even take these criticisms on board …”
Tuesday’s press conference will be the first time the president will be addressing the media on that scale and also making himself available to answer questions from the press.
Mr Hamid said Nana Akufo-Addo will “account to the people” what his government has done so far in the first six months of his first year in office.