Thursday, 2nd September 2021
The former minister for finance under the late Prof. Mills administration, Dr. Kwabena Duffour has stated that Ghana is going in a wrong direction. He also called on the clergy, civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media to speak true to power to ensure the story changes to benefit all Ghanaians instead of the few. Dr. Duffour was speaking at a forum organised by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in Accra today when he made those assertions.
Dr. Duffour observed that Ghana is not a poor nation. However due to the bad governance, Ghanaians are poor. He said God blessed this Ghana with abundance of natural resources including gold, diamond, bauxite, timber and now oil and gas.
“We cannot disagree that Ghana is a very wealthy nation but Ghanaians are poor, that’s where the problem is. Why are we poor but we are sitting on wealth, so what do we do? Go to Obuase, Tarkwa, Nyinahin etc. There are abundance of mineral resources. But how do we use them to the benefit of every Ghanaian?” he asked.
"We cannot continue to sit on this amount of wealth and still cry of poverty. So the clergy, the media, what are you doing? Ghana is in crisis because of poverty and unemployment. It is your duty to speak true to power so that these minerals do not sit idle while Ghanaians wallow in abject poverty. Ghana is in the wrong direction and you cannot afford to keep quiet, speak up", he charged.
The owner of the defunct Unibank added that the rate of unemployment in the country was alarming. He called it a timed bomb waiting to explode. He therefore called on the clergy, CSOs and the media to put the Government on its toes. The former governor of the Bank of Ghana said if we fail to ensure the nation is put on the right direction, generation unborn will not forgive us.
What do you make of Dr. Duffour's call? Is Ghana in the wrong direction? Take to the comments section to share your opinion.
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