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General News of Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Source: citifmonline

It's premature to judge Mills - Spio-Garbrah


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Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a first National Vice Chair of the NDC says it is too early for him to pass a verdict on the performance of the Mills led administration.

With just 18 months in office, the NDC government has been a subject of criticism from both members of the opposition and some members within the ruling party.

President Mills’ perceived sluggish pace of delivery has been a great source of worry to many who feel he is gradually reneging on his political promises and as a result falling out of favour with the electorates.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah himself incurred the wrath of some key players in Mills’ administration when he bemoaned the slow pace of the President’s delivery and described appointees of the regime as a “Team B”.

He subsequently was elected one of the six Vice Chairpersons of the party and has since been serving the NDC in that capacity.

The first African CEO of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) has announced his decision to step down from the position when his term expires in 2011.

Speaking to Bernard Avle, host of the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, September 28, Dr. Spio- Garbrah said his decision not to seek another term was to, among other things, allow him time to pursue some personal interests and also take advantage of some wealth creation opportunities around him.

Asked if he had any intentions of contesting for the NDC flagbearership in 2012, the former Ghana’s ambassador to the US said, it was too early for him to make any conclusive statement on that since 18 months in office is not enough to determine whether or not President Mills has failed as Chief Executive of Ghana.

According to Dr. Spio-Garbrah, until it is evidently clear that Professor Mills has disappointed Ghanaians as President, there is no need for anybody to call for his replacement as flagbearer of the NDC in the 2012 elections.

He expressed optimism that president Mills’ visits to some economic partners around the world will yield positive dividends for Ghana’s economy.

When he retires from the CTO in 2011, Dr. Spio-Garbrah would also devote some time for his religious activities.

He disclosed to Bernard Avle that he has been in talks with his Spiritual head, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams to assist him in his Ministerial work.

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