According to Alan Kyerematen, a former minister of trade and industry, Ghana is progressively becoming into a NATO nation that takes “No Action, Talk Only.”
He says that Ghanaians need to keep in mind that using time is a zero-sum game.
He feels that Ghana right now needs solutions and deeds, not discussions.
“As a nation, we must recognize competence and performance and not mediocrity,” he said, adding that “as a people, we must focus more on doing than talking.”
If Mr. Kyerematen is elected president of the Republic, these are among the seven crucial factors that must be taken into account to ensure the success of his Great Transformational Plan (GTP) for the nation.
The former minister made these remarks at his televised address to the country on January 10, 2023, during which he formally announced his intention to run for office as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flag bearer.
Mr. Kyerematen, who has been vying for the presidency since 2007, resigned from his position as minister of trade and industry last week in order to advance his campaign.
He said in his Tuesday night speech that he will run for the NPP’s flagbearership when the Party formally opened nominations.
He expressed his gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for accepting his resignation and giving him the chance to work for his administration.
The COVID-19 epidemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, according to Mr. Kyerematen, have conspired to “stampede” the nation into a catastrophe of “unprecedented proportions.”
He asserted that he had no doubt that the country’s request for assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would help to rebuild economic confidence.
“This is the 17th time that we are going back to the IMF. We promised never to go back but we have gone back. One of the lessons that we have learnt from the recent development is that Ghana’s economy is still fragile, vulnerable and susceptible to both external and domestic shocks.
“It is primarily as a result of the fact that our economy is highly dependent on the export of commodities with little or no value addition,” he said.
Mr. Kyerematen claimed that in order to prevent future trips to the IMF, the nation needed a new strategy for creating a self-sufficient economy.
He declared that if he were to win the next presidential election, he would establish himself as the “transformational leader of our time” and continue the work of earlier presidents.
“I will initiate and lead the implementation of the Great Transformational Plan of Ghana, which will cover the period of 2025 to 2030, in my capacity as President in order to achieve this strategic aim of changing our dear nation to become the bright light of the new Africa,” Mr. Kyerematen added.