Kufuor attributes nation’s challenges to rush to develop

Former President Agyekum Kufuor has attributed the nation’s challenges to rush in developing right after independence in 1957 from the British.

According to him, “this prevented the country from learning some of the rudiments of a developing nation and the country should have acted like a baby, thus, to crawl before running but the country chose the latter.

“Ghana gained its independence in 1957 with a population of six million but now we are close to forty million, especially if you add those in the diaspora to those in Ghana and at age 64, our land size has not increased, our natural resources have not increased.

“After our independence in 1957, as a developing country, with all the leadership challenges, we did not take our time to learn how to crawl before walking and running but we immediately jumped into running,” former President Kufuor intimated.

He noted that the economy was not working properly, social mobility, unemployment and all other challenges are because the nation rushed however, it was good for a new nation to have vision to rise but was not planned well.

Former President Kufuor observed that the rush was as a result of hardships being felt today because the nation’s quest to industralise was also not well planned hence depleted the reserves which had affected the economy over the years adding that “importing foreign cultures, practices and ideologies without understanding why it is being practised on foreign land are all part of the hardships in the country”.

“If Ghanaians want the country to be fixed, then they need to exercise patience, strategise, plan and if politicians try to portray when they come into power, they will be solving all challenges, problems of the citizenry in one day then they must be joking.

“It is all part of party politics because I will like to occupy your seat, only way to get the seat is to destroy you, convince citizens you are not performing, they can remove you, if you don’t take care, your own friend who will also like to have feel of what it is like being in power looks like he will overthrow you with a coup d’état,” former President Kufuor bemoaned. –ghanaweb.com

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