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A renowned Ghanaian scholar who works with the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Dr Ivy Ntiamoah, has said former president John Mahama has built a vision for Ghana and should be given another opportunity to transform the country fully.
In an exclusive interview to CNBC TV 18, Dr Ntiamoah said, “John Mahama built a vision of a unified Ghana. The kind of investments he made were strategic and good for the country’s economic takeoff and people may disagree with that, but I think that is what Ghana needs at this point in time”
“John Mahama as President between 2012 and 2016, offered the Ghanaian people a new Ghana. Ghanaians need to give him a second opportunity to accomplish his dream and to fully, transform the country. He is able, capable and innovative enough to look at Ghana afresh and I for one am optimistic that with his leadership, Ghana will be that Ghana which he promised” Dr Ivy Ntiamoah said in the first detailed interview since her appointment by the world body.
Dr Ivy Ntiamoah who worked at the office the President under President Kufour as a special adviser to then President on Governance and Social Affairs told CNBC TV18 that ” I will never forget the way Mr Mahama found solutions to the numerous problems he inherited Including the energy crisis. The man’s vision is what Ghana and most African countries need. Such a vision needs everybody to rally around the direction. We as a country or the citizens of Ghana need to get back that pride that we should have that we are Ghanaians, not that we are members of party A or B, or of tribe Q or Z but we are Ghanaians first, that we have a country that we belong to and we should be proud of. We seem to be losing that somewhere” Dr Ntiamoah said.
When asked, what she would choose if Mr John Mahama requested her to join his administration if elected in 2020, Dr Ntiamoah replied that such a thing ought to be free from political baggage.
“Far too often, you have a good idea that is squelched because of political sociological things. It is just cannot be done or it is too difficult to be done or it is too risky to be done. We have suffered unduly from this outmoded political concept and phenomenon and it is time we move away from it to enable the system take advantage of human resources developed by the state and from state resources” The state financed part of my education. My A’level education was fully financed by the state apart from the subsidies received at the lower level. Why should the state be denied the opportunity of enjoying my services because of ideological persuasion. Ideologically we may be coming from different stables but basically, targeting same goal and envisaging same result.
John Mahama is a true gentleman, affable and a great leader I am sure I can effectively work with him when the time comes. He still has so much to offer Ghana.