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Politics of Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Bad leadership has failed Ghana - Elikplim L. Agbemava

An aspiring flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elikplim Lolormavor Agbemava, has said Ghana has failed to adopt the right strategies often because of leadership.

He said with him as President of Ghana in 2021, the current law which provides for the deregulation of the petroleum sector will be flashed in the dustbin in less than two months.

“The current law gives too much power to private players to import finished products and charge consumers exorbitantly. The state must take an active part in the petroleum sector as the issue of fuel is an issue of national economic security,” he explained.

“It is important for Ghana to pursue an interest-based foreign policy other than the current laissez-faire regime where our ambassadors and foreign envoys are only enmeshed in rendering mundane consular services” he added.

He emphasized that “The current trajectory that Ghana is treading is disastrous: unbridled borrowing, no properly packaged medium to long development plan, haphazard and banal public service policy and no deliberate policy towards increasing productivity.”

Elikplim Lolormavor Agbemava holds the view that the NDC has lost track in the people of Ghana for the current generation who did not experience those glorious days cannot speak to it and don’t share the nostalgia we have.

The 41-year-old lawyer stated that under his leadership, he will make sure that he gives back power to the people because the sovereignty of Ghana resides in the hands of the people.

According to him, this will ensure that every government policy, intervention or initiative is made fundamentally the welfare of the people.

“My government will make life comfortable and sacrifice for the people,” he said.

“When I become the new leader of the NDC I will fight for every member in the same way. There will be no discrimination. I will resist every temptation to take advantage of the vulnerable and I will lead you to a better-promised land,” he noted.

As a firm believer of the ideals of probity, accountability and integrity, Elikplim promised to carry these values throughout his political life as well as leading the people of Ghana.

He said, “there is no gainsaying in the NDC, the fact that these ideas gave the NDC party a solid base and an aura of believability, reliability and hope and we must, by all means, reinstate them.”

“The pacesetters of this political tradition must be accorded all the respect and recognition they deserve,” he stressed.

Elikplim Lolormavor Agbemava is an astute lawyer of 15 years professional standing at theGhana Bar and a grassroots politician who detests mediocrity.

As a subscriber to the principle and applications of the centre-left democratic ideals, Elikplim Lolormavor Agbemava said these ideals must work for the betterment of the citizenry else there is no need following them religiously. He is passionate about collective nation-building to secure future generations.

Political life

Elikplim Lolormavor Agbemava’s interest in politics has always been nascent until 2004 when he joined the late Nii Adjei Boye Sekan to campaign meetings towards the election of late President Mills as the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

This participation continued in 2008 when he joined a team of lawyers to prepare strategies on educating NDC polling agents on the proper collation of the electoral results for both the parliamentary and presidential elections.

It took him to Kumasi as an election monitor for the NDC party. During the tenure of Betty Mould-Iddrisu as Attorney-General, Mr Agbemava worked with the Solicitor General and the Chief Director of the Ministry in charting and planning towards government cases in courts and other legal assignments.

He also served as the Special Assistant to His Excellency Ambassador Lee Ocran (former Ghana Ambassador to South Africa) when the latter was appointed to take over from Hon. Betty Mould Iddrisu as the Minister for Education.

Elikplim insists he has always been a member of the NDC and will always work to guarantee a stable party organization for generations yet unborn.