The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is alarmed at the increasing spate of corruption in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Though governments have come and gone – both civilian and military – the NPP said, “never in the country’s history have we been more ridiculed around the world than today.”
In a statement issued on Independence Day, March 6, party Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey said “for the past six years Ghana has stopped working.”
He was therefore not surprised that “Ghana, the once respected nation in the sub-region, the financial hub of West Africa, the Gateway to Africa, is now labelled a ‘Republic of Corruption.”
This, according to him, was because “the unprecedented corruption perpetrated on the good people of Ghana by the Mahama administration has caused harsh economic conditions unrivaled in the country’s 57-year history.”
“Fifty-seven years after independence,” the statement said, “the dream of a truly democratic Ghana has dulled more than a little” and that “hope has been replaced by dismay at the cheap pursuit of self-interest that pervades our present political and economic landscape.”
In view of this, the NPP Chairman noted that “our resources must be put to good use and not be abused through corrupt practices like we have seen in recent times,” stressing the need for leadership of ideas and pragmatism to lead the way in bringing on board every Ghanaian for the country to succeed.
Jake said, “Our nation is at the crossroads, yearning for leadership and bold measures towards a total and progressive
transformation process out of our current challenges.”
He therefore emphasized the need for Ghana as a country and Ghanaians as a people to “reflect on the past and plan fervently for the future of our people.”
“After 57 years of trying, we have had enough of the lip service,” he noted, insisting, “It is time we all put our shoulders to the wheel with budding ideas and innovation to make sure that as a nation we succeed.
“Our agricultural produce must reach our markets; we must process our produce to not only feed our people but also for exports.”
“As the future beckons,” the NPP Chairman stated, “we must bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of Ghana; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.”
The NPP however wished the government and people of Ghana the very best on the occasion of 57 years of independence.