The Founder and Executive Chairman of the African Development Policy Initiative (ADPOI), Professor Kwesi Botchwey, has called on the government to broaden the process of consultation over critical matters that affect the public good
Prof. Botchwey made the call at the Sixth John Evans Atta Mills Commemorative Lecture at the University of Cape Coast on Monday, July 30, 2018.
The lecture, which was on the theme: “Ethicality, Democracy and National Development: Legacy of President Atta Mills” was organised by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the Government of Ghana (GoG) in conjunction with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Prof. Botchwey stressed the need for politicians to have virtues as it helped to sustain the legitimacy of democratic governance and take honest criticisms in good fate.
“Ethicality travels the terrains of humility, honesty and decency and concern for any cause of action we come by as leaders or politicians,” he said.
“We need to step back from the brink and begin to
Prof. Botchwey stated that putting an end to the cycle of vengefulness in political transitions in the country would help in economic and national development.
He said there were many policy issues of national development, which included challenges of fiscal consolidation, taxation and public investment strategies that needed
“Investors, especially the foreign ones, look at the buy-in of opposition parties to critique government policies in assessing
Prof. Botchwey said ethicality travelled all terrains, saying “ethicality in policy making, in campaign strategies and messages, in religion and the media is equally important for national development.”
He, therefore, underscored the need for training in social training and the rules of social democracy to promote unity and development in the country.
Giving the attributes of President Atta Mills, Prof. Botchwey said: “He was an ethical man who always strived to do what was right, he pledged to be guided always by the principle which he had always cherished, which was to take the right decision rather than a hasty one”.
He added that President Mills had certain desirable components of integrity that readily came to mind which included integrity, honesty, transparency and
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to emulate some of those qualities to promote the development of the country.
“I believe that
The Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, called for unity among Ghanaians, saying, “despite our political affiliations, we must work together as one for the progress of our nation.”
In attendance were the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Asiedu Nketsia, the NDC Deputy General Secretary, Mr Koku Anyidoho, family members of President Atta Mills, the Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, and other dignitaries from the NDC.