Sunday, 24 July 2016

When Will Ghanaians Realise That Paa Kwesi Nduom Will Make An Excellent Leader For Ghana?

 When will Ghanaians wake up to the fact that amongst all the candidates vying for the presidency, this year, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom will make the best leader for our homeland Ghana?,

Take the not inconsiderable matter of outlining possibilities for the nation's future during campaign trips by various presidential candidates  across the country.

The question is: Can one can tell the kind of leadership a candidate for the presidency will offer if elected, by the promises he or she makes?

With all the piled up evidence of the looting of state-owned enterprises by their management and workers, for decades now, why are some politicians promising to build  yet more state-owned factories - this time one in each district of Ghana?

Why not outline plans instead to help the hundreds of micro-entrepreneurs in all the districts of Ghana, who only need to have their products certified by the Ghana Standards Authority and Food and Drugs Authority, with soft loans to go through the certification process, and enable them to finally start producing their own products?

In view of the passion that drives such dynamic individuals, given such assistance, would they not grow those micro-enterprises and employ more young people across the country as they expand those businesses organically? It is said that from small acorns grow great oak trees.

If leaders like Nduom talk about creating the right climate for businesses to thrive, would that not enable entrepreneurs to set up solar farms in all the districts, for example, by the simple measure of an Nduom government making the entire renewable energy sector's  value-chain tax-free - and would that not be more sensible and pratical: in a nation grappling with skyrocketing electricity tariffs?

When told about the potential of such schemes Nduom's response has invariably been that businesses need the right economic climate to be successful. And he is right.

Unlike your avearge Ghanaian politician Nduom is quick to agree with creative thinkers - and would consequently back those who say, for example, that it ought to be possible to assist District, Municipal and Metropolitian Assemblies to build crematoria - using the public private partnership (PPP) business model - so that all familes can send off their loved ones in dignified surroundings and have their bodies cremated in  safe and hygenic fashion.

Backing such ideas clearly indicates that Nduom is a leader who does a lot of lateral thinking: If Ebola ever turns up in Ghana (God forbid), we would have the infrastructure in place to safely dispose off the bodies of all victims countrywide.

And since Ghanaians love sending off their loved ones who pass away in grand style the crematoria would be profitable businesses for the District, Municipal and Metropolitian Assemblies. That is a practical and doable initiative, is it not?

Who but Nduom amongst the presidential candidates in this year's election is talking about dealing with Ghana's mountain of debt - and offers a practical solution to dealing with it, whiles at the same time expanding the national economy using the purchasing power of the state to empower the private-sector?

Is his thriving business empire in a difficult economic environment not a practical demonstration of his ability to create wealth and jobs - and does he not tower far above both President Mahama and Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo in that regard? Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o.

Who has ever heard or seen  either President Mahama or Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo making public all the sources of the campaign funds for the corruption-riddled parties they lead?

They cannot and will probably never ever do so - for their parties are beholden to the very vested interests milking Mother Ghana dry.

Is the division in the party Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo leads not mainly about the transparent handling of the New Patriotic Party's bank accounts and the lack thereof?

And is that mega-scoundrel Woyome not getting away with swindling Mother Ghana because he claims to be a financier of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that President Mahama leads?

Ghanaians must show the red card to both the two constituent parties - the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) - which  make up the NDC/NPP duopoly and have ruled Ghana since the 4th Republic came into being: by not voting for both their presidential candidates in this year's presidential election.

Have President Mahama and Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo ever deigned it fit to tell Ghanaians how much they and their spouses own in assets - as a volutary anti-corruption measure to help fight high-level corruption in our country?

Why are they so shy about doing so - when doing so will show Ghanaians in practical fashion that they are truly honest men who can be trusted not to rip Ghanaians and their nation off if elected to lead our country?

The fact that  Nduom has stated his net worth and that of his dear wife Yvonne before, as well as publicly published the sources of his party's funding, and intends to do so again before this year's elections shows that he is a genuinely honest and transparent leader: Just the qualities our homeland Ghana actually needs in its leader in January 2017.

The question is: When will Ghanaians ever wake up to the fact that  Paa Kwesi Nduom is the leader who actually has all the leadership qualities needed to enable a government of national unity (made up of the best-qualified and most principled Ghanaians from across the spectrum) led by him to transform Ghana into an African equivalent of the egalitarian societies of Scandinavia and vote for him in the presidential election?
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