Professor Stephen Adei
A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) says the change in leadership has brought sanity on the airwaves.
Professor Stephen Adei observed with amazement that the last two public utterances of President John Dramani Mahama after his defeat in the December 7 polls have been “very presidential.”
“Even before we see the installation of a new president, the atmosphere has become better,” he told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Nhyira Addo Tuesday.
The educationist said when new leaders take office, they do not need to continue with attitude exhibited by the previous leaders.
He said they are responsible for giving a new vision to the entity by modelling a new set of culture to change the current one.
Names of potential ministers have been put out just four days to the inauguration of President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The President-elect has announced Professor Frimpong Boateng as his Environment and Science Minister.
He has also done same for Alan Kyerematen as the incoming Trade Minister.
But Professor Adei has cautioned the incoming government to be wary of the Ghanaian culture where subordinates initially kowtow to demands of the new leader only to change later.
He stressed that his experience has shown that once a leader has integrity, competence and cares for the people, they would know the person is all business.
“They [appointees] know that you are prepared to take the hard decisions. Even the worst Ghanaians start conforming; they would try to undermine you…especially if you are a minister, they would malign you for you to be moved,” he said.
“I am looking forward to a President who would be a person of integrity, leadership is a cause and everything else is effect, he added.
He said Ghana has had a bad history with corruption, arrogance and impunity being exhibited by government officials.
Ghanaians are used to such behaviors, he said, stressing that a lot of things are changing.