ACCOUNTING TO THE PEOPLE; THE PRESIDENT’S WAY!

It’s uncommon for leaders to account for their stewardship in a graphic manner, as President John Mahama, on Tuesday did in Accra.

He is following a precedent set by former Presidents J. A. Kufuor and the late Prof. John Atta Mills.

The President in similar fashion, catalogued achievements of his three-year leadership of the country, in a book titled, “Accounting to the people”.

Before a large audience at the Banquet Hall of the State House, the President outlined in the book key sectors of his administration.

He faced the people to account for his stewardship with compilation of development projects and socio-economic activities that have taken place during the those period.

The Times is not about to review all that the President has said, but it is important for us to acknowledge that, it is an innovation that leaders at various stages of their administration of the country should emulate.

It is a chosen a path that is going to enrich our democracy that can be used to measure the performance of our leaders.

Indeed, the President outlined his government’s achievement in health, education, sports, housing, water, road infrastructure and efforts at fighting corruption.

Interestingly, not all Ghanaians would agree with him on his performance in office, but that is the beauty of democracy.

He has laid bare his achievements, and it is up to the critics to scrutinize and tell whether indeed, those projects have been undertaken.

In this way, we would be enriching our democracy and setting the stage for a political debate, going into the 2016 election.

By all means, those opposed to the government, are going to dig into the projects and programmes in an effort to discredit the achievements, but that is part of the game.

While congratulating the President for setting the pace for Ghanaians to scrutinise his stewardship, we call for decent debate devoid of insults and name-calling.

As we approach the 2016 elections, we have noticed rather disturbingly that, insults and abuses are being rained on political opponents of all sides instead of civil discussion on issues.

It is, unfortunate that in spite of the numerous appeals from well meaning Ghanaians, politicians and their supporters continue to trade insults at the least opportunity.

We urge restraint. Enough of the insults. Let’s focus on issues and debate them as vigorously as we can in the interest of our beloved motherland.

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