Ghana Needs Intelligent Leaders – Says Presby Moderator

Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, in a fiery sermon on Sunday, unequivocally stated that Ghana needs intelligent leaders to fix the current problems confronting the country.

Speaking to members of the Kwadaso Trinity Congregation in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, the clergyman underscored, ‘We need wisdom to rule this country; we need intelligent leaders to turn around the gloomy fortunes of the country.’

According to him, ‘Most citizens of our land are under the influence of corruption; everyone is talking about it…those who are even corrupt talk about corruption but no one in leadership position seems to have it stopped or make up the mind to see to it that this canker stops, because they all benefit from the corrupt practices.’

The Mahama administration and that of his late boss, John Evans Atta Mills, have been rocked with serious corruption, including wrongful payment of judgment debts, siphoning of funds meant for the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), the National Health Insurance Authority (NIA), and mismanagement at several public institutions, among others.

The Moderator stated that corruption had hindered the development of Ghana, ‘…We are not able to develop this small country, why? Ghana is not big; why? Because we do not have in mind the things of God which will help us build our nation.’

This is not the first time important personalities have decried the harsh socio-economic conditions plaguing the country. Former President Jerry John Rawlings, who had been uncharacteristically silent about the situation, recently broke his silence saying, ‘Times are hard’.

The ex-President could not hold himself back. He told a small entourage that accompanied two local boxers to his residence, ‘Have you seen how fees have gone up? One crate of milk which used to be sold for GH¢35.00, is now GH¢60.00. They [the government] provide us with one or two soldiers and the little I can do is to provide them with coffee, sugar and milk etc … Times are hard.’

The Mahama administration has seen record number of civil protests in the country’s history to reflect how hopeless the economic situation has become.

The situation is further compounded by erratic supply of electricity, unreliable supply of water, constant increases in taxes, inefficient revenue collection, very poor road networks and a ballooning public debt caused by unbridled government spending on questionable projects.

The economic situation has forced the Mahama administration to go cup-in-hand to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.

Critics have warned that the decision to seek an IMF intervention would further compound the economic woes of Ghana, but the government is still adamant.

By Raphael Ofori-Adeniran

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