Daasebre Prof. Oti-Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, has called for a stop to the blame game in Ghana’s economic management to make way for a nationalistic approach in finding solutions to the economic challenges facing the country.
He said Ghana is at the cross-roads with challenges on the economic front, and appealed to all to stop finding faults, and put our shoulders to the wheel to collectively work towards a home-grown development model to change the nation’s fortunes.
Speaking at the 13th graduation ceremony of the All Nations University College (ANUC), the astute statistician said without the acknowledgement of God in all our ways as a nation, nothing would be possible and therefore, as a people, we needed the direction of God to solve our economic problems.
In that direction, Daasebre announced that the New Juaben Traditional Council had declared a 21-day prayer and fasting to seek God’s guidance in developing a home-grown development model to solve the current economic challenges of the country.
He said it was not out of place that the 22 points raised at the Senchi Consensus acknowledged the need for a homegrown development model, stressing that “a homegrown development model hinging on three pillars of lay experiences, conventional and folk knowledge, is imperative at this time in our bid for economic breakthrough”.
According to Daasebre, who is also the Chancellor of ANUC, for real sustainable development, the homegrown development model involving the three pillars blended together, is a must for Ghana to move in a direction that will set pace for other African countries to follow for a breakthrough in their own economic challenges as well.
He said without God, nothing was possible under the sun, and urged all, including the newly graduating students, to be conscious of God and rely on his wisdom and guidance to contribute their quota to solving the economic crisis and the long-term development needs of the country.
Professor Frimpong-Boateng, the former Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, who was the guest of honour, said Ghana needed inspiring leaders who could move away from the status quo and adopt realistic measures for a change.
He said passion for doing things right was the bane of the country’s challenges, especially in the management of the economy, and called for a passionate approach for a change, rather than the desire to hold on to power and affluence.
For him, “Ghana does not need many leaders to change its fortune, we need a few honest and passionate leaders who are ready to move the economy from the era of Adam to a Noah economy, and hoped that the new graduates would be the instruments of change Ghana needs to transform its economy”.
Mr. Julius Debrah, Eastern Regional Minister, called for entrepreneurship skills training to be incorporated in all academic fields to ensure that graduates did not rely on government or other institutions for employment, but rather be in a position to establish their own businesses.
He said job acquisition, the world over, was not easy, and to reduce the unemployment rate, all universities must make entrepreneur skills training an integral part of the study to equip every graduate with the needed and basic skills in setting up their own businesses.
Dr. Samuel Donkor, the President and Founder of the University, appealed to the Bank of Ghana (BOG) to critically look at the foreign exchange policy, since its operation is affecting the international transaction of the universities.