The largest opposition group in Ghana’s Parliament, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament have advised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government to move the “Ghana-beyond-aid” mantra beyond personal and partisan vision if he wants the support of the minority and the buy in of the rest of the population in its pursuit.
Though the Minority group acknowledged the fact that the mantra of a Ghana beyond aid is a laudable one, they consider it to be too partisan and bereft of the needed ingredients to make it a national agenda worthy of pursuit within a sustainable developmental framework.
The issue gained currency in Parliament when the Member of Parliament for the Nsawam-Adoagyiri constituency and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, made a passionate statement on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday calling for a national support for the President in his quest to champion the course for a Ghana-Beyond-Aid.
In his statement, he bemoaned the fact that the effort by the President to move the state beyond dependency to self-reliance and prosperity is not receiving the much needed support from the people.
“Mr. Speaker, the advent of HE Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP did stimulate a paradigm shift in our political space, thus offering us a new path of hope. The popular mantra that some schools of thought seek to lampoon for political expediency is a vision, worthy of support and commitment by all.” He observed.
He continued by saying that the time to make this vision a reality is now; else the nation risks a perpetual doom for future generations and that it was about time to think of what the country can do for itself and not what foreign countries can do for the country.
“Honorable Members, every progressive patriot of this august house and country at large must exorcise any political coloration of the fact and let us support the vision of Ghana Beyond Aid.” He urged.
However, the position of the Members of Parliament from the Minority side and the Majority side differed on the matter based on ones point of view or level of exposure. Everyone who spoke on the matter had his own understanding and vision of what the mantra stood for and how it should be pursued.
For instance, while some suggested that careful attention should be paid to building up infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country to allow access to the nation’s resources to be properly harnessed for development, others were of the view that the nation ought to focus on agriculture, where the country has a competitive advantage. Others still thought that a Ghana-Beyond-Aid could never be successful without a deliberate investment in energy security to power future industries and a modern society.
The debate on the Floor of the House, as it were, exposed the fact that the Ghana-Beyond-Aid mantra has no precise definition and therefore everyone was defining it the way they deemed fit. That was the concern of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, who was presiding over the House at the time.
The Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for the Tamale South constituency, Haruna Iddrisu, in his contribution to the statement indicated that the President has failed to present any document to Parliament specifying the parameters of his vision on the Ghana-Beyond-Aid mantra, hence the confusion.
“Let the Ghana-Beyond-Aid mantra go beyond rhetoric and beyond party vision and the President will have our support.” He said.
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com