The Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, Right Reverend Prof. Osei Safo Kantanka, has asked Ghanaian political leaders to be sensitive to the plight of the citizenry on the state of the economy.
According to him, the mass chorus of “Boys Abre”, especially amongst the youth, should be a wake up call for leadership to respond to the development needs of Ghanaians.
“Listen to what the young people of our country are saying; “boys abre, boys abre”; what do they mean by that? The boys are indeed suffering and so are the girls,” stated the Bishop.
Speaking at a leadership lecture in Kumasi, Rev. Safo Kantanka observed the tendency of Ghana’s political leaders to secure their positions is ruining the country.
He says the politicians are more concerned about winning the next election and not what people need to develop the country.
“Immediately one election is over, our politicians strategize for the next elections, and nobody appears to be strategizing to boldly tackle the fundamental economic problems that will transform our country,” he observed.
Rev. Safo Kantanka has called for education of the masses to challenge leadership to be accountable and responsible in their positions.
The health of the Ghanaian economy, especially the free fall of the cedi against the international trading currencies, has dominated public discussions in recent times.
The Central Bank has taken certain measures to stabilize the cedi, including injection of additional dollars into the economy and controlling forex trading.
Interest groups, including the Trades Union Congress, have called for a radical overhaul of the country’s economy.
According to Prof. Samuel Lartey, the Vice President of the Global Leadership Network, the country must come to terms with the turbulent times and change accordingly.
“What we are doing now is every Ghanaian is marking the economy on our glory land, on our past; we are no longer in our past, we are moving into the future. When we were living in our glory land, we could buy anything; we could spend anyhow, now we’ve gone into the turbulent times, we must change,” he admonished.
Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh
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