Politics of Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The Central Regional Constituency Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has charged President John Mahama to be practical in solving the suffocating problems confronting the country and stop playing to the gallery.
Kwamena Duncan said the president’s recent visits to the Aboadze Thermal Plant in the Western Region and the Weija Water Treatment Plant to inspect the progress of work on electricity and water generation equipment were nothing but “showmanship” to create the impression that he is committed to solving the power and water crises that have plagued the nation.
The NPP member was analysing President Mahama’s State of the Nation Address on Peace FM’s morning show Kokrokoo on Wednesday.
In his address, the president instructed public servants to match their wage demands with increases in productivity and asked Ghanaians to raise their expectations for these workers.
“To whom much is given, much is expected,” the president had said.
Mr Duncan said the president is the chief public servant of Ghana and according to the high bar he has set for all public servants, he must be held responsible for the sorry state in which the country currently finds itself.
It smacks of hypocrisy he said, for the president to demand high productivity from a public servant who has no electricity to iron his shirt for work, no gas to prepare breakfast and no water to wash himself. He wondered how anyone could expect high productivity from such a public servant.
He said that, instead of paying heavily photographed visits to the Aboadze and Weija plants ostensibly to check on the progress of work there, the president should find practical solutions to the crises, even if they are short-term measures such as identifying the areas worst affected and providing water tanker services to residents there.
That would demonstrate that he is a serious president committed to solving the country’s problems, Mr. Duncan added.
In contrast, a member of the NDC Communications team, Fred Agbenyo, applauded the president for showing commitment to solving the country’s problems.
He said that Rome was not built in a day and that the president will find a lasting solution to the water and power crises the country is facing.