General News of Wed, 25 Nov 2015194
Power crisis is a wisdom problem – Otabil
General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Dr. Mensa Otabil, has described the energy crisis currently facing the country as a “wisdom problem”.
He believes the problem has nothing to do with money.
In a sermon titled “Wisdom”, delivered at the church’s headquarters in Accra on Sunday, Dr. Otabil identified the energy problem as an example of wisdom problems facing the country.
Making reference to how the European Space Agency recently landed a spacecraft on a comet in space, Dr. Otabil said: “If people can design such solutions, I think we should be able to design solutions for the electricity failures in Ghana.
"At least we are not being asked to land a spaceship, we are not being asked to go to the moon or to go to Mars, just fix electricity problem. The problems facing us are wisdom problems, they are not money problems.”
He noted the exhibition of true wisdom has to do with practical solutions to problems and not theoretical proposals.
“In this part of the world, we believe in PhDs. He went to Oxford, he went to Cambridge, he works with the United Nations…. I don’t know why people believe in the United Nations so much. He works with the World Bank, he is IMF, he must have the solution; who told you? The test of wisdom is not the theory, the test of wisdom is: does it work?” Dr. Otabil quizzed.
According to Dr. Otabil, wisdom is again seen in how people are able to execute tasks handed them successfully.
“How can somebody who has never been able to feed himself be in government and feed people?
"Because if you can’t put food on your own table, you’ve never built any structure, you’ve never worked, how can you feed other people?” the outspoken preacher man asked.
Dr. Otabil identified orderliness as another key depiction of true wisdom. Citing a national example, he questioned: “the Ghanaian Supreme Court is British, Parliament is Chinese, and the Presidential Palace is Indian, so when somebody comes and he looks at all our wisdom, he asks, who are these people. Are they Indians or they are Chinese?”