A few days ago, a former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, paid a visit to the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo. The former UK Prime Minister expressed his commitment towards the development of Ghana.
He emphasised that he would use his experience acquired in office as prime minister to help in the process of change and development for the country.
The visit comes with a number of benefits to the country. Ghana today symbolises democracy and rule of law on the continent of Africa. For this reason, all lovers of democracy highly regard the country and encourage the government and people to continue in strengthening democracy on the continent.
Again, personalities like Tony Blair stand against corruption. They are always ready to encourage willing governments to continuously fight corruption and prevent it from rearing its ugly head.
The former UK Prime Minister also stands for the promotion of socio-economic development in any part of the world. Seeing the commitment of President Akufo-Addo to work towards the transformation of the country, he has decided to give him his support for other African countries to know that those who stand for progress would always be supported to achieve their aim.
It is because of this reason that he made it clear to the government and people of Ghana that President Akufo-Addo has come at an important moment with great expectations from Ghanaians. These expectations would have to be met by government so that Ghanaians would be happy as a group of people who have great confidence in the government.
Indeed, the challenges facing the country are numerous. Apart from economic difficulties, there are serious problems with unemployment. This explains why the government is fighting tooth and nail to bring inflation under control and also work towards the stabilisation of the economy in order to use it as a launching pad to stimulate rapid economic growth and attainment of higher standard of living.
The leadership of the country appears determined to overcome the challenges facing the country. This determination is quite encouraging seeing that with a unity of purpose, Ghanaians can address the challenges they face.
One good advice given by Tony Blair during the visit is that, Ghanaians should never bother about the age of a person in politics. To him, it is the acquisition of relevant experience that matters.
Thus, irrespective of the age of a person, whether young or old, it is the acquisition of the required experience that matters for the progress of the country. This piece of advice should encourage all Ghanaians both young and old to work hard and contribute their quota towards the progress of the country.
It is also important to note that relations between Ghana and the UK are good because the two countries have mutual respect for each other, respect for rule of law and also practice democracy. The visit by Tony Blair goes to confirm that the two countries stand to benefit from their bilateral relations.
The former UK Prime Minister wields much experience. This experience comes from his former position as head of government. For this reason, he can advise his Ghanaian counterpart, the President of Ghana, on matters relating to good governance, transparency and healthy economic development.
It is the expectation of this paper that past and present leaders of Ghana and the UK will continue to collaborate with each other for the mutual benefit of these two great countries.