General News of 2014-08-15

Gov’t must respond to crisis with clarity – Otabil

The General overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr. Mensa Otabil says Ghana needs a new leadership to tackle the current socio-economic challenges facing the country.

“The times we are in require leadership that responds to crisis with clarity and with purpose,” he noted.

He said it would be dire for citizens to continue assuming that “this will get better.”

Dr. Otabil counseled that it is imperative for government together with Ghanaians “to act intentionally, decisively, methodically and if we do at the national level, I think we can avert the disaster.”

Addressing the launch of this year’s “Festival of Ideas” in Accra, Dr. Otabil stated it is obvious that “all is not well…I believe that we need a new leadership.”

According to him, Ghanaians cannot afford to be “perplexed and so overwhelmed by what we hear, we see that we become frozen in action and do nothing.”

He said it is about time government accepts the current challenges and draw up specific plans to steer the nation out of its present dilemma.

Ghana is grappling with a series of socio-economic challenges ranging from rising inflation, erratic supply of electricity, depreciation of the Ghana cedi, high cost of living among others.

The government indicated it was working to resolve the challenges.

It currently sought a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and it has also signed a second compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation designed to double access to power on the African continent.

However, Dr. Otabil believes there is the need for a massive overhaul of strategies employed by government to ensure a socio-economic turnaround.

Regarding the depreciation of the cedi, Dr. Otabil indicated that although Ghanaians are praying for stability, the cedi has a very “peculiar mind of its own;” adding that instead of sitting around and hoping for a turnaround, “it will be great for us to face reality that things could get worse.”

He urged Ghanaians to continue assuming the best for the nation, but that should be done cautiously, bearing in mind that “the worst could be happening.”

According to him, the leadership of the country must be seen to be consciously involved in addressing the nation’s current challenges.

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