Dr. Richard Amoako Baah, a former political science instructor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology (KNUST) in the Ashanti Region, has attributed Ghana’s current problems on President Nana Akufo-“Ghana Addo’s Beyond Aid” initiative, which he believes was unduly ambitious.
“How can you criticize someone you are fed by?
While you are receiving grants and aid from your development partners to help your economy survive, you turn around and inform them that you are looking for a Ghana Beyond Aid, the speaker stated.
He pointed out that many of the donor partners declined to help the country after the government had borrowed so much because of the motto “Ghana Beyond Aid,” which was one of the reasons.
On Wednesday, July 7, 2022, Dr. Amoako Baah recounted telling the president that his goal of Ghana Beyond Aid was a noble vision but might have an impact on the existing economy when appearing on the Citizens Show with Nana Bobie Ansah on Accra100.5FM.
“If we had been measured in pushing the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, we will not get to the stage we are at today. I can assure you that if it had not been the Ghana Beyond Aid, the government of the Netherlands could have come to the aid of the failing Ghana National School Feeding Programme,” he stated.
“They would have supported it because they started it”, he noted, adding: “They left us because we were pushing Ghana Beyond Aid agenda”.
“Countries like the Netherlands were on the fringes looking at us to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.”
Dr. Amoako Baah lamented the fact that, as recently as last month, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said on the radio that Ghana was a proud country that would not request a bailout from the IMF.
“How can you talk this way as a minister? How can you be proud when you have to fall on others to survive?” he asked.