General News of 2014-06-14

'PV Obeng's death affected implementation of Senchi accord'

A presidential staffer has blamed the delay in implementing the report of the Senchi concerns on the untimely death of Mr PV Obeng.

Clement Apaak said the late senior advisor to the president was key in the organisation and implementation of the Senchi accord, and his death would invariably affect how the Senchi consensus is implemented.

About 150 political economists met in Senchi in the Eastern Region, April, in a National Economic Forum meant to address the nagging issues affecting Ghana's economy.

After three days of dialogue, a 22-point communiqué was issued as the road map for Ghana's economic recovery.

The organisers promised that a detailed report spelling out how, who and what time frame would be used in the implementation of the Senchi accord would be made public in two weeks.

It is two months now since the forum was organised and there is no trace of a detailed report.

The opposition NPP says it has been vindicated when it described the senchi forum was only a talk shop that would not achieve any results.

But Clement Apaak has disagreed. He said several factors including the death of the key implementer of the accord is to blame. PV Obeng died on May 17, a month after the forum was held in Senchi.

Apaak said there is also the need for "proper scrutiny and authentication" so that when the document is finally brought out it would be accepted by all.

"The report would be brought to the fore in due course," he promised. He was however quick to criticise the NPP proposals towards arresting the decline in the economy.

Kweku Baako Jnr was surprised why a detailed report had not been released two months after the forum.

He was utterly shocked with the excuse Apaak gave for the delay in the implementation of the report and described it as unsustainable.