Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has described President John Dramani Mahama and his Cabinet Ministers as a bunch of liars who have refused to tell Ghanaians the true state of the economy.
According to him, Ghanaians must be told the truth if “we want to have a good country”.
“They [must] prepare to endure hardship and make sacrifices for a better future”, he said.
Professor Adei made the remarks as a guest speaker to crown a two-day marriage seminar organised by the First Baptist Church in Tema under the theme, “The Christian Home,” aimed at sharpening the skills of counsellors.
The university scholar noted that the country was filled with lies.
“You live in a country where the President is lying; Ministers are lying; and everybody is lying. How can a Head of State stand in front of a country in this state of affairs and say that the economy is good? It is not good; things are hard,” he stated in reference to President Mahama’s recent State of the Nation Address.
He was of the view that although it was going be a challenge, “if we want to have a good economy and country, we have to buckle up as a country, increase national savings, discipline our appetite and decrease corruption, among others.”
The educationist, who doubles as theologian, called for a change in leadership behaviour and adopt a national approach to governance so as to facilitate faster economic transformation.
Professor Adei admonished the leadership of the State to demonstrate candour and truthfulness to build a better Ghana based on telling people the truth.
“As soon as we become truthful to ourselves and demonstrate it, the sky will be the limit for this country.”
His submission comes at a time when the country has been plunged into another round of electricity crisis, popularly called ‘dumsor dumsor’ which President Mahama had earlier told the country was a thing of the past.
He wondered why leaders drive in expensive vehicles to communities lacking potable water, electricity, motorable roads and food, yet claim that “the country is broke.”
“I met his Excellency, the President the other day and in front of him were 11 motorbikes and 15 cars moving at top speed— about 120 kilometres per hour. That means they consumed fuel twice the normal rate and you will be surprised maybe they were going to commission a rural school. That day the amount of fuel they would consume could be used to establish another rural school,” he bemoaned.
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