Former Minister of Local Government and Member of Parliament Mr Akwasi Opong-Fosu has decried the declining fortunes of Ghana’s democracy.
In a speech delivered today in London at a conference under the theme “Rethinking Leadership and Governance for the Ghana We Want” he identified factors that have led to the democratic crises Ghana is experiencing today.
He drew particular attention to leadership failures and governance dysfunction at various levels of government.
Mr Akwasi Opong-Fosu
He discouraged citizens against being complacent about our fourth republic, warning those who believe that what is happening around us in the African continent cannot happen in Ghana are having an illusion.
The situation calls for forthrightness in national conversations, emphasising the need for changing our mindsets and speaking the truth to those in power.
In the speech he noted that the Ghana we want is spelt out in the Directive Principles of State Policy. But because those principles are not being followed there is an upsurge in citizens wanting to be heard. The various public agitations currently going on in Ghana, in his view, strongly point to the disappointment of Ghanaians at the current government.
Even though he predicted the imminent return of the NDC to power in the 2024 elections the standards to which Ghanaians measure the National Democratic Congress is higher. He therefore advised that the party lives up to that expectation so us to help reverse the declining fortunes of our democracy to the citizens.