2012 Presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples’ Party has stated that Ghanaians should mount pressure on the president to perform.
According to Paa Kwesi Nduom, the 1992 constitution has made Ghana’s president too powerful for which reason the president has no excuse to fail.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show, Paa Kwesi Nduom acknowledged the President’s good intentions but noted “meaning well for Ghana is different from doing well for Ghanaians”.
Scoring the President
President John Dramani Mahama has had a “turbulent” first tenure with at least 13 strikes in 2013 alone. A weak cedi, weak revenue base, increasing petroleum prices, hikes in utility tariffs and corruption has fuelled discontent against his government.
The President has promised to turn things around by the end of the year.
Weighing in on the president’s performance, Paa Kwesi Nduom assessed the President was doing ‘poorly’ on the economy, scored him 2 out of 10 on corruption and 5 out of 10 on his leadership.
Nonetheless, John Mahama has enough time to change his grim scores by the next election, he stated.
Decentralisation – Every government’s mistake
He lamented the 1992 Constitution sells out the country to the president by giving him enormous power and creates a huge psychological dependency on the President to get things done.
The President makes about 4,000 appointments during his tenure. He makes appointments on every board of every corporation in Ghana. He appoints a third of local assembly members, the District Chief Executive, Ministers and heads of several bodies.
“Why take all the powers and give it to one person?”, Nduom wondered. The result of having these immense powers is that, “everybody is looking to one man in Accra [the seat of government]”.
“It makes other people go to sleep and point at the President… who worries about jobs in the local assemblies? Nobody.
No country has developed that way, the business mogul noted and said until power is decentralised, Ghanaians should blame the president for the sad state of affairs.
Paa Kwesi Nduom pointed out that President Kufuor failed to implement a decentralisation plan agreed in 2001 at a National Economic Dialogue. So did the late President Mills and currently John Mahama, he continued.
But devolving power, is the way to go, if Ghanaians are to take responsibility, he emphasized. Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiahfirstname.lastname@example.org
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