Politics

Blaming societal ills on politicians unfortunate – Richard Ahiagbah

Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Mr Richard Ahiagbah says it is unfortunate and unfair to wholly blame politicians for the country’s ills.

“People have a responsibility in this country to do A, B, C, D. Let them do it. That is the path we need to go as far as government policy, leadership is concerned. I can tell you by and large there are systems in place to check some of this thin. gs Now is encouraging people to do their jobs we need to all take that responsibility,” he said on Metro TV Tuesday.

Speaking on Good Morning Ghana hosted by Annie Efua Ampofo, Mr Ahiagbah said civil service personnel must be held responsible instead of the usual practice of shifting the blame on politicians.

“We need to move away from that conversation now, We must talk about politicians when they do something. We must talk about us the people,’ Mr Ahiagbah charged.

He also urged the citizens to take “some pride in our country to say that, we want to make this place work.’ adding “If I have a piece of work I must do that work.”

“It is for us to get the people involved to get their jobs done,’ he added.

“We have become so used to say oh it is the politicians. It is a convenient escape. Terribly convenient to the extend we absorb other systems or the lines of responsibility from what they must do”

In his view, civil service personnel and government work in line, therefore, politicians should not be solely blamed for the country’s ills, stating they must be all be accountable.

He said,” We’re talking about kids and why they are on the streets. Today there’s a policy education at least up to the secondary level is free. Why will a child be by the street? If we take a minister from the Gender Ministry maybe they should take care of this; there’s one but, when you look at that ministry there is raved of civil service operatives who have been there, who know the problem, who are the technocrats.”

“We must begin to look at the situation to say it is not the vertical accountability that is absent but is it the horizontal and horizontal we must look at to see how is it we are addressing the problem. But we have become so used to say oh it is the politicians. It is a convenient escape. Terribly convenient to the extend we absorb other systems or the lines of responsibility from what they must do.” he averred.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams

 

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