Ghana President Mills says time for Africa to flex muscles
President John Atta Mills has said there was a need for African unity to address continental challenges and make the continent a showpiece to the world.
Speaking on arrival on Thursday in Ottawa for a four-day visit to Canada, the President said a new kind of leadership was emerging in Africa and they would strive to use the resources to improve the lives of the people.
President Mills, who was welcomed by the African Diplomatic Corps, said more and more African leaders were beginning to use their countries’ resources for the benefit of the people.
“The only justification for being voted into power is to use the resources to improve the lives of the people. Our people are crying for development and we can’t deny them that” President Mill said.
“This is the time to come together, this is the time to flex our muscles, this is the time to show to the world that when given the opportunity, we can live up to expectation.”
The Dean of the African Diplomatic Heads, the Zimbabwean High commissioner Florence Zano Chideya, said President Mills’s visit would not only benefit Ghana but also the rest of Africa.
While in Canada, the President would hold discussions with the Canadian business community, hold talks with Mr Lucien Bradet, President of the Canadian Council for Africa and the Ghana/Canada Parliamentary Caucus.
He would also hold discussions with officials of the Canada Commercial Corporation that is supporting Ghana to rehabilitate the Tamale Teaching Hospital, working on the Tema General Hospital Accommodation Project and the rehabilitation of the Accra International Airport.
President Mills will inaugurate the refurbished Ghana Chancellery in Ottawa, meet African Heads of Missions, have a Town Hall Meeting with the Ghanaian community and be the Guest at a dinner to be attended by the diplomatic community.