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23.10.2019 Editorial

MCC Vs GoG: Who Blinks First?

By Daily Guide
President Nana Akufo-Addo
LISTEN OCT 23, 2019
President Nana Akufo-Addo

Government is duty-bound to manage the country in a manner that ensures the best interest of its citizens.  

The people of Ghana voted for the Akufo-Addo administration to manage the affairs of the country on our behalf. As humans and not angels, some members of government might commit blunders sometimes.

Under a democratic dispensation as ours, we are entitled to air our opinions on matters which we think are not in conformity with best practices.

However, when matters about our sovereignty crop up, we are duty-bound to lend support to government.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)/Power Distribution Service (PDS) brouhaha continues to rage on the media plane, with various interest groups jumping into the fray and sometimes muddying already muddied waters.

Notwithstanding the fact that some of the varied arguments are too jaundiced to be of any useful consequence, we think that as matters stand we should all rally behind government.

Our sovereignty should not in any way be allowed to be toyed with in the manner we are beginning to witness in the PDS brouhaha.

We should not be bullied because of the carrot being dangled in front of us. It is worrying that those who started it all did not manage the subject which could bring the best out of the deal for the country.

Now that we have decided on a path which best serves our interest, we should not have forced down our throat, what others think should be the tangent to tread.

A few days ago, our Finance Minister, of course, representing the President, laid out the decision of government regarding the concession.

Within a couple of days or less, we have had orders being screamed, as it were, from Washington that we rescind the decision or face the consequence of losing so much.

A refined approach while it should not even change the government position in our estimation would have presented the originating authority in a better light that we are seeing it.

We might be in need of interventions which would shed a new lease of life into our energy management regimen but the urgency of such a demand should not be at a cost to our sovereignty.

In such matters bordering on our dignity as a sovereign nation, we should not allow our polarized status to diminish our resolve to support what is in our best interest.

It is a blinking game and we should not as Ghanaians stand down our position and allow ourselves to be pushed around by the MCC.

They might have a point and want to push it to serve their interest but we too as a sovereign nation have the right to insist on what we deem to be in our best interest.

We should not blink first as the waiting game continues regardless of the time-bar.

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