Executive Director for the Danquah Institute (DI), Mr. Edward Kwaku Asomani has encouraged Ghanaians to hold the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government to high standards by demanding accountability from those in high positions.
According to the Political researcher who is also a policy analyst, citizens have the right to demand how their taxes are being used and its impact on the general welfare of the people.
He said that democratic exercise not only will it promote transparency and accountability but make government more responsive to the demands of the people.
Speaking at an economic forum organized by his outfit under the theme "Bridging the Gap Between the Formal and Informal Economy, the Role of Domestic Revenue Mobilization in an Era of Ghana Beyond Aid", Mr. Edward Kwaku Asomani noted that President Akufo-Addo is a leader who is tolerant and demonstrated his willingness to open his government to public scrutiny and criticisms.
“Let us, by all means, hold this government to a higher standard and demand more. But let us not do it as spectators. Let us do it as active citizens who are heavily invested in Ghana beyond aid. As investors, we will demand more accountability and the government will have no choice but to be more responsible.
“We are a proud nation. A peaceful people. We have over the years elected our leaders, not by the number of boots they have matched but the presence of mind to respect its institutions and put country first even at a great personal cost.
“The government of his excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has increasingly demonstrated the willingness to submit itself to greater public scrutiny in how the resources of this country are managed”, Mr Asomani stressed.
He further called on Ghanaians to join forces with the government to help achieve President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Ghana beyond aid’ agenda.
“Let us stand up and be counted. Let us own our economic development. Let us be the architect and the generation that indeed moved Ghana beyond aid. We owe it to our children and we owe it to posterity”, he said.