Don’t Compare Ghana To Malaysia – Kofi Adams

The office of former President Jerry Rawlings says it is unfair for people to compare Ghana’s development of to non African countries.

This follows comments made by a leading member of the Conventions People’s Party (CPP), Professor Badu Akosa stating that Ghana’s development stagnated and retrogressed under the Rawlings regime.

He cited Malaysia as a country which gained independence within the same period as Ghana but is far ahead in terms of development.

But in response, Mr. Rawlings’ spokesperson, Kofi Adams questioned why a comparison was rather not made between Ghana and Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and a host of other African countries.

He insisted that persons who make such developmental comparisons “need to do a regional analysis and ask yourself, what was the performance of Ghana vis a vis the other countries around which equally also had same heads for a very long time.”

According to him, such regional comparisons will reveal “the conditions under which West African countries were operating and the conditions under which the Malay regions also operating.”

Mr. Adams recalled that under the Rawlings regime, an expansion was seen in Ghana’s electrification and water production adding that the country was not totally healthy when Ex-President Rawlings took over.

He mentioned that Rawlings took over a country “that was having inflations in their thousands, a country that was having a negative GDP at the time that it was taken over and moved to a positive figures, a country that virtually had no motorable roads if you take out the motor way…so how can you talk that way.”

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