Posted: Saturday 5th July 2014 at 14:36 pm

Gov’t has lost confidence in its own capacity to solve Ghana’s problems – Gabby Otchere-Darko


Former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has demonstrated with exacting clarity that it lacks the capacity to solve the country’s problems.

With the country currently facing several challenges including, irregular power supply, fuel shortages, high cost of living, and a depreciating Cedi,  Otchere-Darko believes that even though it is not rocket science to fix these problems, President John Mahama’s government has bungled and fumbled with them.

Speaking on Multi-TV and Joy FM’s news analysis programme, Newsfile Saturday, Gabby noted that Ghanaians wants to see (and deserve) a serious commitment from the government when it comes to solving these problems.

‘We are in a very difficult situation and it is not that difficult to fix but the thing is that the government itself has lost confidence in its own capacity to fix it and whatever it seeks to implement, it turns out the other way,’ he noted.

According to him, ‘there is a communication gap but to me it is not so much about the communication gap because this government is an expert when it comes to propaganda but the delivery gap is the issue.

‘At the end of the day, what is the government going to communicate to us? Are you fixing energy problems? Because as we know every day it costs us $2million because we haven’t been able to sort out this gas. A competent regime could have sorted this gas within 14 months,’ the Former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute stated.

He lamented that President Mahama’s government has been most disappointing and that ‘we are all raging over the dying light and this government can’t even see it is getting dark.’

‘Even people within NDC, they will say that President Mahama has abandoned the better Ghana because they don’t want to admit that it is an NDC problem, they will blame the president and his government,’ GabbyOtchere-Darko added.

‘[There] are serious difficulties. You can communicate as best as you want, it will be empty because the bottom line is that things are simply not happening. Like my issue with the subsidies, you are being forced to subsidise because you are not able to manage your currency properly.’

Measures introduced by the government to help stabilise the Cedi made things worse, he noted.

‘Didn’t we hear the president say that there is no more talking?’ and that ‘now he will listen. What is he going to listen to, voices in his head? You spent three years talking. Was it not on this programme I described this government as a ‘talkcratic’ government?’ Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko quizzed.

‘What are we going to do to come out of it that is what we want to see,’ he said. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)

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