4 yrs inadequate for govt—Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has reiterated his long held conviction that four years is not enough for a full-term government under Ghana’s current constitution.

This, he stressed, cannot afford a government in power the opportunity to do anything significant.

However, he said, after just one-and-a-half years in office, the Akufo-Addo-led government had performed creditably, making the country attractive not only to Ghanaians but foreigners.

According to the NPP stalwart, that was the reason behind the many invitations by foreign leaders to President Akufo-Addo.

The former president made these observations on Saturday, July 7, 2018 while addressing delegates at the 26th national delegates’ conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The conference was held at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern Region.

Former President Kufuor observed that Ghana had moved significantly forward anytime the NPP tradition was in power.

Nonetheless, he lamented that power slipped out of the hands of the tradition due to complacency and self-conceitedness.

“Power can trick you,” he stated. “If you are not careful you will become complacent.”

He, therefore, called for unity of purpose in the face of all the ambitions and dreams of the party.

As a current elder of the party, Mr Kufuor said party members should shun their individual egos and “vanities” in order to “hold together” to stay in power for long.

For him, if nothing was done to split the party, it could stay in power after 2020, 2024, 2028 and even forever.

He expressed happiness about the theme for the conference: “Building a Stronger Party, Delivering Prosperity to Ghanaians,” tasking the government to make inclusiveness true not only for NPP members but Ghanaians as a whole.

He, however, maintained that a lot would be difficult to achieve in four years.

“Unfortunately, our tenure is too short for us. [In] four years, you can’t change the world.”

Mr Kufuor’s observation comes in the wake of many promises made by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Some of the promises like ‘One-District, One-Factory’ and ‘One-Village, One-Dam’ are yet to see the light of day.

 

Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH

Writer’s email: kofi.tawiah@todaygh.com

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