His Excellency John Dramani Mahama says cynics in his country are refusing to see the progress made by his government.
The Ghanaian President told some Chiefs and people of Asanteman on Saturday that pessimism among his country folk, more than any other thing, is what is holding back the West African country.
“We need to learn to count our successes,” Mahama admonished, observing: “…It is only when you count your successes and realise that you are making progress that you can make faster progress.”
He is in the Ashanti region for a three-day working visit which saw him inspect road projects and other infrastructure.
“We must be a nation of optimists; People who believe that we can claim the future and that the future is bright for us,” Mahama urged, bemoaning that: “But unfortunately, we are letting pessimism hold us down.”
“Every day you open our media and it’s like our country is the worst in the world. And if you think your country is the worst country in the world, then you will not make progress.”
According to him, the contrary is true. In his view, “the evidence is there to see,” explaining that: “We’ve done 20km of Kumasi town roads…and I’ve asked the ministry of roads and highways to package another 50kms of town roads in Kumasi…. We are working on the Kumasi outer ring road which will take trucks from Ejisu and take them straight onto the Techiman road…. we are looking [forward to building] a second national theatre bigger than the one in Accra, here in Kumasi. And so Asanteman has a bright future.