Scores of residents within the Kumasi Metropolis welcomed with wild and spontaneous cheers the investiture of the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Saturday at the famous independence square in Accra.
From the streets of Bantama, Tafo, Krofrom, Suame and Atonsu, all suburbs of the metropolis scores of people were seen glued to their television sets and watching the swearing in ceremony.
Interestingly, the somber mood which had characterized most faces across the streets visited by this reporter suddenly gave way to deafening and spontaneous cheers moments after the president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship, Georgina Theodora Woode.
At Krofrom some youth who were watching proceedings at a popular drinking bar, S-five, could be seen blowing loud noises through miniature vuvuzellas.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper, Kwadwo Asenso, a shoe seller at Krofrom said the youth were looking up to the president so as to find better jobs to do.
According to him, the likes of him who sell across the main street have had several health challenges due to the sunshine that hits them while doing business in the open.
He stressed the provision of soft loans by the incoming government would help them to put up small sheds so as to relieve them of the pain of having to spend the monies they earn on hospital bills.
Madam Afua Nkrumah, a trader at the Suame roundabout mentioned the promise of free Senior High School Education is what excited her since all the money she made from her bag sales are spent on paying the bills of two children she had in school.
She hoped to invest the funds she used to pay for the fees of her two children at the bank and reap the dividends at a later date.
Mr Moses Agyapong, a pharmacist at Bantama said he was hugely inspired by the words of grace from the president, noting the call to stem corruption was spot on.
He said, ‘it was gratifying to hear the president assure the nation to protect the public purse because that was what got some of us fed up with the out-going government’.
Andrew Bonsu, a mason at Atonsu was filled with excitement insisting the promise by the president to help the private sector generate the jobs needed for the unemployed was gratifying.
‘’I am confident that when such support is extended to the private sector some of us will have cause to get better jobs to d’’, Mr Bonsu noted.