The Furore About The President’s Trips

ONCE again, the issue about the frequent foreign travels by the President has become a subject for debate among our politicians and a section of the public.

While some, especially those on the side of the government, consider these trips as necessary to secure international funding for our economy, those in opposition see them as fruitless and joy rides at a time the nation is going through a period of challenges.

Recently, an opposition legislator, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, tagged President John Mahama as a “visiting President” in his own country.

However, a leading member of the same opposition party who was Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration, Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, in a rebuttal, defended the travels, explaining that President Mahama’s trips, just as the much criticised trips of former President Kufuor, are necessary.

The Times cannot agree more with Mr. Mpiani’s argument because most of these trips by our past and present leaders, have immense significance and relevance to the economic growth of the country.

It is a fact that most of the external support this nation had received were negotiated or secured during the Presidents’ trips abroad.

For instance, our railway, agriculture, energy, education, housing, industrial and other sectors of the economy have all benefitted greatly from some of these trips by the leaders of the nation, due to the goodwill generated.

If these frequent travels by President Mahama will generate the much needed support and investment which would boost the country’s economy, then they should be appreciated.

There is an adage that, “He who sells his ailment, obtains a cure.”

We cannot live in isolation and expect to receive the assistance we require. It is necessary for our leaders to go out and woo investors, as well as secure financial support for the various developmental projects.

These trips are necessary, and we must cease politicking with them.

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