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Monday, August 3, 2009

President Mills please stop the blame game, get serious, solve the problems

I heard our dear President Atta Mills on peacefm addressing the chiefs and people of Tain telling them how the debt his predecessor incurred is preventing him from delivering on his campaign promises. I was surprised because I have heard the same complain from the President when he addressed the Chiefs and people of Goaso. The central theme of his tour of the Western/Brong Ahafo regions was Kuffour incurred debt so we are unable to deliver the promises we made to Ghanaians. The Vice President on his visit to the Volta region during the weekend also made a similar statement.

Who doesn't know that Kuffour left Ghana a huge debt? We have heard this from His Excellency and his Vice over and over again so there is no need repeating it in their tours of the regions. President Mills did not campaign to tell Ghanaians how much debt we owe neither did he campaign to tell Ghanaians that we owe and therefore those without jobs should remain jobless. Instead he promised a lot of things to us but we have not heard from him how he is delivering or is going to deliver on those promises. President Mills has not told Ghanaians what he is doing about the premix fuel problem which is preventing fishermen from going to sea despite their threat to hit the streets to demonstrate their displeasure over the shortage of premix fuel.

President Mills should remember that when NPP took over power in 2001 they too complained bitterly about the debt at the time but in 2008 Ghanaians overthrew them from office not because of how much we owed our creditors, but because they failed to deliver what they promised the good people of this nation. It is as simple as that. You promise us you deliver and we vote for you, you promise us you fail to deliver and we drive you out.

So Mr. President, please stop the blame games, get serious and solve the problems. We know Ghana has been owing since the day we started managing our own affairs so the complain that there are debts and therefore you cannot provide premix fuel to our fishermen is neither here nor there. The simple truth is that you and your ministers have not gotten serious to solve our problems and that is why you want to use NPP and Kuffour as scapegoats. But we the people are matured enough to know that such blame games are political gimmicks and publicity stunt designed to divert attention from the main problems. I would like to remind the President that whatever he does or says, we the people of Ghana have resolved to demand that he honours his promises or face our wrath in 2012 which is just at the corner. We have noticed that we have been fooled for quite too long with promises, pledges and what have you but this time our eyes are wide opened and we have come of age to be taken for fools. Therefore it is either deliver or suffer the same fate of your predecessor.

I will only advice you to reshuffle your cabinet and bring in more experienced and qualified people like Dr. Spio Garbrah to do the job. You must also work closely with the opposition as you know the state of our Parliament.

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