Alan Kyerematen, Ghana’s former Trade and Industry Minister, has identified one of the factors responsible for the country’s socioeconomic regression, blaming the failure of political actors to translate words into actionable development plans.
He stated that the country needs “solutions and actions, not debates” now.
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This was one of the highlights of Mr. Kyerematen’s televised speech, in which he officially declared his candidature for president on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He outlined key elements of his Great Transformational Plan (GTP) in that special national broadcast, which will revolve around seven critical considerations.
One of which he stressed is to ensure that “things get done rather than talking”.
“Ghana is gradually becoming a NATO country – “No Action, Only Talk,” as the NPP presidential candidate explained.
Alan’s seven’soft power’ for transformational leadership are as follows:
1. The primacy of the Private Sector in our national development agenda
Domestic and foreign, formal and informal, the private sector must be at the heart of our transformational agenda. The government’s priority must be to make our private sector more competitive by creating an enabling environment for businesses.
2. Attitude to work and enforcement of discipline
We as a people must recognise the importance of discipline in all aspects of our national lives and change our attitude toward work. As a worker, whether you work for the private sector or the government, you are not doing your employer any favours. It is your responsibility to ensure that you earn a living through your labour.
3. Corruption and petty theft or thievery
Deny our country the benefit of using its tax revenue and other resources for development, particularly from the public purse.
4. The arrogance of power has been a major obstruction to progress in our country
People in positions of authority must understand that leadership is a chance to serve the people rather than lord it over them. Humility is an asset, not a weakness, in servant leadership.
5. Passion for excellence
As a country, we must celebrate excellence and competence rather than mediocrity. 6. As a people, we must prioritise getting things done over talking. Ghana is gradually becoming a NATO country – “No Action Talk Only”. We must remember that time management is a zero-sum game. Ghana now requires solutions and actions, not debates.
6. And last but not least, our politics in Ghana is too divisive
This prevents some of our best candidates from running for political office. Yes, we take pride in being Africa’s democracy bastion, but that doesn’t mean we should let partisan politics destroy our collective interests.
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