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The President Is In A Hurry

Daily Guide
20 March 2017 | Editorial
President Nana Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo is in a hurry. He said so himself when he was speaking to the nation through their representatives as a guest of Parliament. We have no cause to dispute his eagerness for a cruising speed, as he commences dealing with the promises he made to his compatriots. It was an election, which the usual rigging machinery was disabled and so it reflected the wishes of the people of this country.

The polls were based on a proclivity by Ghanaians for a change, transformation which the then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo promised to deliver by all means; perhaps including the hiring of a high number of persons.

For a man seeking to drive his country at a cruising speed towards the desired destination, especially after a socio-economic stagnation, we should expect unusual, no constitutional breaches anyway, approaches as evidenced by the many appointees in his government.

We might find the number high but so are the expectations of the people of Ghana who after many years of standing-still would want to see the man they voted for turning all stones in his bid to hit the bull's eye.

We plead with our compatriots to hold on as the man leading the pack deals with his political project.

The success of this political project will in turn impact positively on the economic situation of the country.

We know the various agenda the President seeks to prosecute, as we do his determination to prove his pessimist political opponents wrong.

They have been busy and interestingly some members of his party too, querying the seeming high number of appointees but appearing to be oblivious to the enormity of the task ahead.

Daunting tasks such as halting the downward spiral of governance, when those responsible for the mess pretend all was well, demand measures seemingly outlandish.

Let us tighten our seat belts for a cruising speed. Those who have been appointed must appreciate the gargantuan expectations of Ghanaians and the appointing authority represented by the President.

He does not cut out like a person ready to countenance the indolence, which can drag the image of a government in the mud and provide fodder for an opposition starving for such opportunities.

The President looks like a man who would not mind dealing a decisive sanction on whosoever is culpable of such indolence and spot the blemishes which pushed the former ruling party to the other side of the political divide.

Appointees should have noticed the heat generated by the President's decision on the numbers and must gear themselves for the massive transformation promised Ghanaians.

Sincerity, candour and exceptional inter-personal relationship devoid of hubris and flamboyance should be part of the cornerstone of serving the people of Ghana under the current order.

Our compatriots, Ghanaians, have showed more than ever before that they would not brook hubris from government appointees.

They explicitly expressed this during the last elections, items that appointees should bear in mind by maintaining open-door policies while concentrating on their schedules to meet the targets of the President.

The clock did not stop ticking since the last election and would not do so today for any reason. Let them be conscious of this fact by being on top of their jobs, because Ghanaians would not take any excuse for non-performance and failure.

President Nana Akufo-Addo's sledgehammer will strike when it will. Let them beware the reshuffle and be wise, lest they fall.

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