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Minister urges Ghanaians to stop self-aggrandisement

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, July 9, GNA –
Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, has entreated Ghanaians
to stop self-aggrandisement and fashion out efficient development strategies to
promote economic growth.

He said Ghanaians like
touting themselves as the Blackstars of Africa and gateway to Africa, and yet
they were lagging behind in terms of economic development.

“It’s a shame that
Ghanaian businesses are rewarded with trips to Rwanda, in Ghana today, people
organise competitions and businesses are flown to Rwanda to see what that
country had been able to achieve….a country that was virtually raised down by
war about 20 years ago,” he noted.

Mr Abdul-Hamid
expressed the concern at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Ghana Diaspora
Homecoming Summit, in Accra, on the theme: “Development, Opportunity, Value:
Welcome Home.”

The three-day event
attracted Ghanaians abroad to access the business opportunities in the country,
and also served as an avenue for mobilising and harnessing the resources and
skills of Ghanaian Diasporan Community to accelerate economic growth.

The Minister noted
that while Ghanaians were comforting themselves with little development
achieved on the economic front, other nationals elsewhere were making
tremendous progress.

“I say to you, maybe
because you are not in this country, in Ghana today, if Muslims have to
slaughter sheep during Eid-ul-Adha, they have to go to Burkina Faso…if we want
to cook, we have to go to Cote d’lvoire to buy plantains, if we have to cook,
we have to go to Burkina Faso to buy tomatoes…quite frankly, it is not a record
am proud of and I believe you’re also not proud of it.

“So let not this
summit be a talk-shop and not let it be as they say ‘a nine-day wonder,’
because this has happened before… as true to the Ghanaian character…we’re good
at initiating something…but we’re not good at getting to the conclusion,” he
said.

Mr Abdul-Hamid
observed that leadership was essential and critical for the nation’s
development and assured the Ghanaians in the Diaspora that President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo was deeply committed to the Ghanaian project.

“Last night, we
started a ministerial treat in Aburi and we closed at 2 am, and at 9 am this
morning when we got back to the hall…this 73-year-old man was seated waiting
for us… and he said before I left that, we should prepare ourselves for another
marathon meeting tonight… All because of his zeal and commitment that, this
country has to act with a sense of urgency,” he stated.

The Minister entreated
Ghanaians in the Diaspora to support Government’s efforts to industrialise the
nation so as to eradicate extreme poverty as well as meeting the Agenda 2030 of
the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

He urged the
organisers of the Summit to commit themselves towards achieving the objectives
of the programme, saying “in the next two years when we return here there must
be something concrete to show”.

There were exhibitions
by corporate entities and state institutions who demonstrated their support for
the objectives of the Summit aimed at showcasing the opportunities and business
prospects in the country.

GNA

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