Biden to Akufo-Addo: We’ll work to address common problems

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

United States president-elect, Joe Biden, has expressed optimism of a good working relation with Ghanaian leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as they both take office at a time the world is grappling with several challenges.

In a brief letter to Akufo-Addo, Biden said the work ahead of them is enormous, however, he is certain a great deal of collaboration between world leaders will go a long way to surmount some of the problems facing the world now.

“It is my great honor to have been elected the next president of the United States, and I understand just how much work lies ahead of us,” the 47th vice-president of America stated in the letter.

International cooperation

He added: “Vice President-elect Harris and I will take office at a time of great global challenges – from the coronavirus to climate change – that transcend borders and require international cooperation. We look forward to working with you and your government on addressing the common problems facing our countries and our peoples.

“Thank you again, President Akufo-Addo. I look forward to future dialogue.”


Akufo-Addo and Biden will be inaugurated this month – 7 and 20 January – respectively. It is the Ghanaian leader’s second term in office while the Democrat starts his first.

At least 6,000 personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces and allied security agencies will be deployed to maintain law and order during the inauguration of President Akufo-Addo on Thursday.

A statement issued by the Police Service said the service will also ensure the enforcement of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols by both visitors and dignitaries at the event.

It said: “The Police Administration has put in place security measures for the inauguration of the President-elect of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; Vice President-elect, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; Speakers and Members of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic on 7th January, 2021 at Accra.”

“Six thousand security personnel drawn from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces, and allied agencies will provide security to ensure protection of lives and properties and general maintenance of law and order for the inaugural ceremonies. This will be augmented by technology to ensure maximum security,” the statement added.

Some roads are expected to be closed to traffic, the police added, noting it will on Tuesday announce restrictions and diversions in some parts of Accra due to the event.

“The police is urging the public to continue to cooperate with security arrangement for the inaugural ceremonies of 7th January 2020 in support of the constitutional framework of government,” the statement noted.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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