A leading member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Horace Nii Ankrah has lauded the efforts of President Akufo-Addo in his mantra “Ghana beyond Aid, saying it’s intriguing to see the President trying to change the psyche of Ghanaians, a task he referred to as very difficult.
President Akufo-Addo has variously expressed his commitment to grow the country’s economy from one of dependence on foreign aid to independence, and ensuring its development using local resources.
Opposition members have described the government’s much-touted ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ mantra as a mere rhetoric.
Former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur has said Akufo-Addo’s mantra raises uncertainty about what exactly it seeks to achieve, since the government is yet to provide adequate information about his so called vision.
Commenting on the President’s self sufficient agenda for Ghana, Mr. Horace Ankrah told Kasapa 102.5 FM the government’s “Ghana beyond Aid” agenda is spot on and very progressive, urging opposition members never to politicize the President’s dream for Ghana.
“For us all to agree that we should be a country just being sufficient in everything, is enough. And I believe, that is the call of the President.
“As a country, 61 years of our Independence is enough for us to have achieved many things, but we’re still lagging behind. Can you believe that, when you go to the hospital you’re made to pay for even cotton wool, a country like Ghana in the Century 21st, even getting mere ambulance for our healthcare system, we need to solicit for loans to get 100 of them; shameful and not even automatic vehicles.
“What have we identified that we want to change with the Ghanaian characteristics? You cannot even import democracy. You can only tailor your democracy around your culture to make it work. So President Akufo-Addo is spot on by saying “We should live beyond Aid”, but it’s a difficult task to undertake. It should be a collective effort in achieving that. However, as Ghanaians we seem to politicize everything. I am sure if the President brings out his plans for us to work towards being self sufficient, we will politicize it; we’ll not see it as Ghanaian. What is wrong in me being NDC, and making sure that Ghana works and vice versa? It’s all about making sure we progress as a nation. Let us all support the President’s call and leave politics out of it.” the soft-spoken Politician and Diplomat in the NDC regime said.