According to former president John Mahama, Ghana’s present economic issues may be overcome by a cooperative relationship based on mutual respect between the government, civil society organizations, labor unions, the private sector, and important stakeholders.
On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, during a meeting with CSOs in Accra, Mr. Mahama declared: “I daresay that together, we are in a better position to help our country out of its current socio-economic predicament.”
“What is required is a partnership, collaboration, mutual respect and an understanding that governance and efforts at meeting the needs of the ordinary Ghanaian are a shared responsibility between particularly, government, civil society, the private sector, labour and other key stakeholders”, Mr Mahama stated.
Mr. Mahama praised CSOs for changing their combative stance to one of dialogue.
According to Mr. Mahama, “there is currently a shift away from aggressive confrontations to constructive, civil conversations,” adding that “normally, the engagements with the government were confrontational, but now, it is more of a civil conversation.”
They have also increased in relevance thanks to new capacities in terms of research and data analysis, acting as repositories for alternative policy ideas.
Mr. Mahama had encouraged Ghanaians to pray for his return a few days prior to his meeting with the CSOs in order to deliver the nation from the current sufferings.