Policy think tank IMANI Ghana says the president's Independence Day Address was cosmetic and lacked pointed measures to address the crisis facing the nation.
According to the group, President Mahama's address did not propose any real solution to problems the country was encountering.
The president in his maiden address acknowledged the increase in poverty levels and pledged to implement policies that will expand the economy.
He also challenged Ghanaians to take advantage of available opportunities to help build the nation instead of folding their arms and complaining.
But Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Kofi Bentil told Joy NewsMr John Mahama delivered his address as though he was taking Ghanaians for granted.
“…I didn't hear anything particularly inspiring; I didn't hear anything about the real issues that we are facing, the real solutions of the issues that we are confronted with…”
“I am worried about the quality of leadership that we have now,” Mr Bentil noted, charging that there must be “some real seriousness in dealing with the issues that we are confronted with…”
However former President Jerry John Rawlings disagrees. He said the president's address was one of the finest.
“…The president captured it all in his speech … and I think we should pay attention to everything,” the former president added.