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General News of Thursday, 17 November 2016


Most Ghanaians full of property owning mentality - Oppong Nkrumah

Former Broadcaster and Parliamentary candidate for Ofoase Ayirebi constituency Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has observed that majority of Ghanaians are full of property owning mentality.

He added that most Ghanaians do not consider the works they can do to improve society but what they will get from society when entrusted leadership positions.

The parliamentary hopeful explained that the insatiable appetite of most Ghanaians for wealth and tolerance for corruption keeps increasing and would use all dubious means to get what they want.

Speaking during Ultimate 106.9FM’s public forum at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, he said different times require different leaders relevant to the times.

‘Ghana needs an influencer across various levels of society. We must find a leader who is relevant to our times, different kinds of people require different leadership styles… What kind of people are we, we are a people who have a growing entitlement mentality. Today the average woman or man believes that society owes him something, not necessarily what he can do to contribute to the improvement of society, that is the people who we are increasingly becoming. We are becoming a growing people in our appetite and tolerance for corruption,’ he said.

Mr Nkrumah said most Ghanaians are becoming property loving beings who accept kick-backs before services are rendered to their follower Ghanaians.

He bemoaned the indifferent attitudes by most Ghanaians to see gradual progress of development saying people are impatient to go the gradualist approach way.

‘Sometime ago, we hear 10%, the job will be done and somebody will take 10% of it. It appeared that was the threshold of corruption some time ago. Today in many instances money is doled out to people to go and chop with work done. Those are the new levels of corruption we are seeing, this is the people we are becoming. We are a people who are impatient for results. Nobody has time for a gradualist approach, to see things improving in the next 8-15 years.

The urgency of the now appeals to everybody, we are a people who are beginning to experience increasingly public service inefficiencies. The things that you are entitled to, you literally have to pay something under the carpet for it. We are a people with high levels of indiscipline, and disregard for the rule of law,’ he bemoaned.