President John Mahama will today, Thursday, 5 January 2017, deliver his final State of the Nation Address as he prepares to leave office and make way for President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo.

The address is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution which states in part that: “The president shall at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation”.

President Mahama’s final address was billed for 22 December 2016, but was rescheduled.

Mr Akufo-Addo will be sworn into office by the Chief Justice in parliament on Saturday, 7 January.

The outgoing president’s address will mark the end of the 6th parliament of the fourth Republic. The 6th parliament will stand dissolved on the midnight of 6 January, 2017.

Mahama is expected to use his final national speech as president to remind Ghanaians of his government’s achievements while urging unity in the country and rallying support for his successor.