Rawling Asks Govt To Solve Econ. Problems

Vice President Amissah Arthur congratulating  former President Jerry John Rawlings after he received his awardFormer President Jerry John Rawlings has asked the current administration to take responsibility in addressing the economic challenges facing the nation by fashioning out clear-cut policies in addressing them.

He asked Ghanaians to demand from the government transparency, accountability and probity regarding the management of the nation’s economy.

Former President Rawlings made these remarks at a special congregation held by the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to confer Honorary Doctorate degree on him and two other distinguished personalities at the Winneba Campus of the university yesterday.

The other personalities included, former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, the first Vice Chancellor of UEW.

Both President Rawlings and General Abubakar were conferred with Doctor of Letters (Honaris Causa) while Prof Anamuah-Mensah was decorated with Doctor of Science (Honaris Causa).

The award was in recognition of their dedicated and selfless leadership which they demonstrated in their various fields of endeavour which went a long way in supporting the course of humanity.

Seven out of nine PhD students from the University of Bamako, Mali also graduated at yesterday’s event with the remaining two students expected to graduated in November.

Former President Rawlings further called on the government to intensify the level of corruption and opulence by some politicians in the country, explaining that Ghanaians would not be asking too much when they demand such an action from the government.

He said “if a state that does not deal with corrupt leaders and ‘untouchables’ in the society, that state is not worth dying for.

He advocated the need for the country to tackle the level of indiscipline in society by reviving the conscience of Ghanaians of their responsibilities towards the development of their respective communities.

The level of indiscipline in tertiary institutions where conscience once permeate in the mentoring of youth for political office, he explained, was an extension of indiscipline and greed among leaders and likened it to a malignant tumour.

Touching on the concept of “winner takes all” politics, former President Rawlings explained that the system breeds corruption and division in the nation’s governance structure and commended the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) for its role in championing multi-party governance and all inclusive governance.

He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to debate the issue dispassionately towards reforming the nation’s political system.

On health, he said the absence of Ebola virus in the country did not mean that the country was Ebola-free and called for the intensification of education on the spread of the disease.

He urged corporate bodies to support the national urgency with the provision of protective clothing with the view of ensuring that Ghanaians do not fall prey to the spread of the virus.

Former President Rawlings commended the University of Education, Winneba for its role in training teachers for the nation’s educational sector and urged the institution to inculcate into the students strong sense of ethics.

He admonished the university to also create innovative programmes relevant to the challenges confronting the nation’s educational service delivery.

The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, pledged the government’s commitment to transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy by supporting tertiary education.

In this regard, he said the government was committed to supporting innovative research while encouraging increase in the population of graduate students for the nation’s development process.

He urged the university to ensure that the quality of products from the institution, fell in line with the core mandate of the university.

Mr Amissah-Arthur noted that too many institutions had staggered from their core mandate and urged the university to remain focused in the training of teachers for the nation’s educational sector.

The Chairman of the University Council, Dr. Emmanuel K. Andoh, stressed that the award to the three distinguished personalities were in recognition of their meritorious service to humanity.

He said it took a selfless and visionary leadership to lead, noting that the three personalities distinguished themselves creditably.

The Vice Chancellor of UEW, Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, said that the university had trained over 100,000 teachers since its inception in 1992 and assured that it would continue to produce teachers to promote quality education in the country.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Winneba

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