General News of Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Source: Today Newspaper
2012 Flag-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has stressed the need for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be more proactive in dealing with the myriad socio-economic problems that confronted the country last year.
According to him, the problems that the country went through last year could not be brushed aside as “we prepare for the 2016 General Elections.”
These problems, the PPP 2012 flag-bearer enumerated, were the falling standard of education, erratic supply of power, water shortage, the free fall of the cedi, unemployment and above all corruption.
Dr. Nduom noted that the problems could come back to haunt the country if the leaders of the country fail to deal with them.
“These are the problems that government must endeavour to find solutions to as the government has only this year to deal with these problems,” he stressed.
Dr. Nduom made these observations when he co-hosted his non-partisan programme- Ghana, Great and Strong, with the Head of Research of Groupe Nduom (GN,) Samuel Ampah, on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
The programme is broadcast every Saturday from 7:00 P.M., to 8:00 P.M., on Ghana’s premier internet-based radio, www.hedjorleonlineradio.com.
The PPP man was continuing with his interactive programme which he started late last year on a wide range of issues affecting the country with his listeners and viewers via telephone.
Among all the problems, Dr. Nduom said education was “dear to his heart” and therefore called on the government to do more to improve the educational system.
“I’m much particular about education since it was the fulcrum in which every economy hinges on,” he pointed out.
He recounted, for instance, what the President of the United States of America (USA), Barrack Hussein Obama, said in his Union Address last week about education.
According to Dr. Nduom, President Obama in his Union Address acknowledged the importance of free education and how it had helped the American economy.
And from that perspective, the PPP stalwart contended that if the Americans relied on education for development how much more Ghana which is under-developed.
For his part, the co-host of the programme, Samuel Ampah, could not understand why the NDC government was bent on making life unbearable for Ghanaians.
He cited the reduction in crude oil price on the world market which should have brought some economic reliefs to the citizenry, “yet the government was unwilling to do something about it.”
“What does the government expect Ghanaians to do when it knows that the price of crude oil had dropped significantly on the world market,” he quizzed.
The posture of the government, according to him, was one of “insensitivity” which does not bode well for national development.
He, however, doubted if the ruling NDC government had any clue on how to solve the many problems facing the country.
Significantly, caller by caller could not help but support the facts and argument put forward by Dr. Nduom and his co-host to ensure that the government takes proactive measures to solve the many problems hampering the country’s progress.