According to Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa MP North Tongu , Ghana’s real crisis is that President Akufo-Addo doesn’t have a clear vision and he hasn’t put together a plan to achieve that vision.
No country has been transformed based on ad hoc speeches and knee-jerk reactions by its leaders.
Countries are transformed when their leaders assume office with great vision and a plan or a co-ordinated programme to achieve that great vision.
This is the reason Ghana’s 1992 Constitution provides in Article 36(5) that Presidents shall within two years after assuming office present to Parliament “a co-ordinated programme of economic and social development polices, including agricultural and industrial programmes at all levels and in all the regions of Ghana.”
It is most disappointing that President Akufo-Addo is yet to submit to Parliament his co-ordinated programme of economic and social development policies for his second term.
Even though the President has a few weeks left (about 9 weeks) to comply with the two year timeframe, what this situation actually means is that President Akufo-Addo has virtually squandered the first half of his second term as he has governed without a vision and a coordinated programme. Any wonder Ghana is in crisis? This will also explain why despite universal global challenges, Ghana has some of the most abysmal economic performance indicators anywhere in the world.
I must acknowledge that President Akufo-Addo did a much better job in his first term when he presented his co-ordinated programme to Parliament within 10 months.
It is my well considered view that Article 36(5) of the Constitution should be urgently amended to mandate all Presidents to present their vision and co-ordinated programmes to Parliament within a maximum period of 2 months after they are sworn into office. If you don’t have a bold, transformational vision, you have no business running for President. Ghana cannot continue to waste valuable time and waste precious lives in the process; we must catch up with the rest of the developed world.
It is further disconcerting that my usually reliable sources within Akufo-Addo’s Cabinet inform me that Cabinet is waiting to consider a draft of the President’s co-ordinated programme later in November. Clearly, even in this late hour and in the midst of a debilitating economic crunch, the President is not ready with a clear vision and a workable plan for the consideration of Parliament, and most importantly for the economic salvation of our country.
It is tragic how Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana is now in such a sorry, hopeless and visionless state. Enough of the try and error. President Akufo-Addo must present his vision and his co-ordinated programme of action to Parliament NOW!
source: Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa