The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on African leaders to address the hopeless state of infrastructure in the continent.
According to him, “We need to build roads, rails and electricity. We need to provide drugs for poor communities and hospitals at affordable prices. None of those things can be that effective without the long arm of legal practitioners touching them one way or the other.”
Speaking at the on-going annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Abuja Monday, he lamented that the infrastructural deficit in the continent was abysmal.
He also called for free and compulsory education from kindergarten to high school for African states as a prerequisite for the transformation of the continent, noting that independent judiciary was critical for Africa because of its constitutional jurisdiction, hence democratic institutions, must be strengthened. .
He said, “I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that African countries adopt a policy of free and compulsory education from kindergarten to high school. That is one of the most important things we have to do, if we have to get the transformation that will prosper our continent.
“Another thing that has to be addressed is the hopeless state of our infrastructure. We need to build roads, rails and electricity. We need to provide drugs for poor communities and hospitals at affordable prices.
“None of those things can be that effective without the long arm of legal practitioners touching them one way or the other.
“Ghana and Nigeria can lead Africa out of poverty and make it a pride in commity of nations,” he said, urging Africans to do more in harnessing their natural resources in order to create a value chain.
“We do not have to look back to history to see that stable periods of constitutional governance and intelligent management of the economy leads to prosperity.”
He charged African leaders to embrace the principles and democratic accountability, rule of law, human rights, individual liberty and freedom, which he noted were the bedrock of Africa’s development and individual prosperity.