‘Ghana Needs New Leader’
4/23/2012 5:02:05 PM -
Rev. Gideon Titi Ofei, the Chancellor of Graduate School of Governance and Leadership (GSGL), has called for a change in the leadership of the country, stressing that all indications show that the current leaders cannot not save Ghanaians from their woes.
'If after 20 years of democracy and harsh economic reforms, Ghanaians still wallow in abject poverty, experience high rate of illiteracy while people are being killed by malaria, road accidents, celebrate with pomp and pageantry the commissioning of KVIPs in the cities, and fight over simple biometric voters' registration, then the country has a problem.'
Rev. Ofei stated that the country's problem was due to the colossal failure of leadership at all levels from corporate to political.
'There is therefore the need to re-define the leadership in the country if the country wants to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of development,' he emphasized.
'Ghana needs to get leaders who could guide the people to put food in their mouth and on their tables.'
He stressed that currently many students have various certificates, but there is serious unemployment in the country.
Rev. Ofei reiterated that Ghana needs graduates, who would not just boast of certificates but use them to create jobs for themselves and others.
Reve Ofei made the call during the launch of the new corporate logo of the School and the inauguration of the school's re-constituted Court of Governance in Accra last Thursday.
New logo is aimed at publishing the non-negotiable core values and philosophy of servant leadership in a simple clear and easy-to-understand style.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY GUIDE , Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo, Commissioner National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), who chaired the function, explained that Ghanaians do not need selfish leaders who had saved their monies overseas, but leaders who would put money into the pockets of the ordinary citizens and help build communities and people's culture.
'We don't need the current leaders who are amassing wealth and depending on foreign countries. We have to help Africa with our own resources,' he said.
In his address, Dr. Addo, the Chief Executive of KAMA Group Limited, revealed that the current educational system was more of theory than practical, noting that the time has come for the authorities to change the system.
'Our universities are only training students to pass exams, whilst the character and moral that they need to have are totally absent.
'We need to get institutions that could produce selfless students who would not be greedy but have the ability to support their own people.
Prof. Kwame Boasiako Omane-Antwi, Vice Rector, Pentecost University College and Chairman of the re-constituted Court of Governance of the school, stressed the need for the country to get leadership that could transform the continent's vast human and natural resources into highly productive human capital and wealth for the people.
The GSGL is an accredited Christian University affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), which aims to develop servant leaders, who will redefine leadership to mean service to people, service to nation and service to God.
By Stella Danso Addai