Wilson Dabuo, a member of the New Patriotic Party has blamed the low level of development in the Upper East Region on envy, jealousy, vindictiveness et al.
His comment was a reaction to Professor Avea Nsoh’s earlier statement that all things being equal, the number of Ph.Ds within a defined space can influence development within same.
Professor Avea Nsoh said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show. His comments were made on the back of a disaggregation of Ph.D holders within the country by region in the 2021 Population Housing Census (PHC) by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS).
“One of the major gaps in developing countries and for that matter, Ghana, and even worse in the Upper East Region is the absence of data; more broadly speaking, research. What it means is that a lot of decisions are made on the whims and caprices of policymakers, chiefs and others.”
“What it means is that we have a serious gap in terms of development. This is because we do not have a lot of research information that will guide us in our decision-making. There is nothing that will succeed without it being informed by data; what it is that it is about, what are the causes, and what is likely to be the impact, the result and everything.”
“If you do not have this, it just means that you are groping in the dark,” he said.
Professor Avea Nsoh’s position was strongly contested by former Upper East Regional Minister, Madam Paulina Tangoba Abayage.
Wilson Dabuo however had a different position on the matter.