Mr John Agyare, Ahanta West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in the Western Region has opined that the Government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has committed itself to lead a transformational agenda that is geared towards making this country a self–sustaining one by further strengthening the foundation of our economy.
He said the government’s determination to carry through its policies of one district – one factory (1D1F), the agricultural development policy of Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), and the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, as well as the recent Agenda 111 District Hospital projects among others was still very high.
Mr Agyare who made the remarks in an interview with the igoghana emphasized that the government’s commitment still remains unshaken in spite of the turbulence experienced on the economic front globally as a result of COVID-19.
He indicated that as the government leads in all such beautiful and progressive policies, there was the need to support the implementation of the policies for the benefit of our dear country and urged all and sundry to rally support to the government in making them a reality to improve lives.
He pointed out that working together and bouncing back better requires that Ghanaians should all eschew the habit of waste of public resources and the use of public resources for personal gains to the detriment of the overall national development.
He mentioned that the government of the day believes in the moderation and economic use of resources with a commitment to saving the public purse for national development.
“There is the need to remind ourselves of the need to live in partnership, unity and peace as the guiding principles of our founding fathers so that in our time, should continue in that spirit, otherwise we can be sure that we will not be able to properly build upon the foundation laid by our forefathers.” The MCE underscored.
He also underscored the need to build a national consciousness, one that will deepen our desire of wanting to do something for Ghana and not what Ghana can do for us as once said by President J. F. Kennedy of America in relation to American people.
This, however, he said calls for the re-incarnation of critical values such as discipline, hard work, loyalty and love for the country and above all patriotism which appear to be dead in the Ghanaian society today.
He queried, “For me, the critical and necessary questions to ask ourselves are:”
- What has happened to the good old communal labour that used to take place in our communities for the good of all members of the community?
- What has happened to the good old practice of planting trees and landscaping our schools?
- What has happened to the good old practice of school gardening? What has happened to the practice of communal management of refuse dump sites?
- What has happened to the good old practise by which every adult had the responsibility to discipline and correct any wayward child in our community?
- What has happened to the good old practice of community members being each other’s keepers?
“If the response to these questions is in the negative, then we need, individually and collectively to change our attitude so as to make the most needed contribution to the growth of our dear country”, Mr Agyare intimated.