Alan Kyerematen, immediate past Trade and Industry Minister has identified one of the factors accountable for Ghana’s socio-economic retrogression putting the blame on the failure of political actors to put words into actionable developmental plans.
He said the country now needs “solutions and actions not debates”.
This was one of the highlights of Mr. Kyerematen’s televised speech as he officially announced his presidential bid on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In that special national broadcast, he outlined key elements of what he termed as his Great Transformational Plan (GTP) 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 Talk Only”, as explained by the NPP presidential hopeful.
Below are Alan’s seven ‘soft power’ for transformational leadership:
1. The primacy of the Private Sector in our national development agenda
The Private Sector, both domestic and foreign, formal and informal has to be at the centre of our transformational agenda. The Government’s focus must be to facilitate the process of making our private sector competitive, by creating an enabling environment for businesses.
2. Attitude to work and enforcement of discipline
We as a people should appreciate the need for discipline in all spheres of our national lives and change our attitude to work. Whether you are working for the Private sector or for Government, as a worker, you are not doing a favour to your employer. It is your duty to ensure that you earn your living from the efforts of your labour.
3. Corruption and petty theft or thievery, particularly from the public purse, deny our country the benefit of utilizing its tax revenue and other resources for the development of our country.
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 an opportunity to serve the people, and not to lord over them. In servant leadership, humility is an asset and not a weakness.
5. Passion for excellence
As a country, we must celebrate competence and excellence and not mediocrity. 6. As a people, we must focus more on getting things done than talking. Ghana is gradually becoming a NATO country – “No Action Talk Only”. We need to remember that the use of time is a zero-sum game. What Ghana needs now are solutions and actions, not debates.
7. And last but not least, our politics in Ghana is too divisive
This keeps out some of our best talents in offering themselves for political appointments. Yes, we pride ourselves as being the bastion of democracy in Africa, but that does not mean that we should allow partisan politics to destroy our collective interests.