PROFESSOR STEPHEN Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has described President John Dramani Mahama and his Cabinet Ministers as a bunch of liars who have refused to tell Ghanaians the true state of the economy.
According to him, Ghanaians must be told the truth if “we want to have a good country so they can prepare to endure hardship and make sacrifices for a better future.”
Professor Adei made the remarks as a guest speaker to crown a two-day marriage seminar organised by the First Baptist Church in Tema under the theme, “The Christian Home,” aimed at sharpening the skills of counsellors.
The university scholar noted that the country was filled with lies. “You live in a country where the President is lying; Ministers are lying; and everybody is lying. How can a Head of State stand in front of a country in this state of affairs and say that the economy is good? It is not good; things are hard,” he stated in reference to President Mahama’s recent State of the Nation Address.
He was of the view that although it was going be a challenge, “if we want to have a good economy and country, we have to buckle up as a country, increase national savings, discipline our appetite and stop corruption, among others.”
The educationist, who doubles as theologian, called for a change in leadership behaviour and adoption of a national approach to governance so as to facilitate faster economic transformation.
Professor Adei admonished the leadership of the State to demonstrate candour and truthfulness to build a better Ghana based on telling people the truth. “As soon as we become truthful to ourselves and demonstrate it, the sky will be the limit for this country.”
His submission is coming at a time when the country has been plunged into another round of electricity crisis, popularly called ‘dumsor dumsor,’ which President Mahama had earlier told the country was a thing of the past.
He wondered why leaders drive in expensive vehicles to communities lacking potable water, electricity, motorable roads and food, yet claim that “the country is broke.”
“I met his Excellency, the President the other day and in front of him were 11 motorbikes and 15 cars moving at top speed—about 120 kilometres per hour. That means they consumed fuel twice the normal rate and you will be surprised maybe they were going to commission a rural school. That day the amount of fuel they would consume could be used to establish another rural school,” he bemoaned.
Touching on the theme for the occasion, Professor Adei admonished couples to shun hypocrisy and love one another wholeheartedly so as to make marriages blissful and peaceful, stating that truth, honesty and sincerity are the basis for prosperous marriages.
Rev. Ntakrahene Osei Kwabena, the Resident Pastor, explained that the family life seminar held by the church twice every year was to build a solid foundation for happy and sustainable marriages and peace in Christian homes.
He urged the counsellors to make effective use of the knowledge they had acquired to ensure peace in various matrimonial homes.
The resident pastor was optimistic that the seminar would go a long way to help curb divorce, which is on the increase, noting that “even in the church, some marriages did not last for more than one month.”
Seventy marriage counsellors, made up of 40 women and 30 men, attended the seminar to upgrade their knowledge in basic marriage counselling to enable them to counsel would-be and married couples for peaceful and successful marriages.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema, Dailyguide