The immediate past Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage is insisting that Ghaianans may have to turn to the private sector for the rapid development of the country. She suggested that due to the fact that Ghanaian politicians are overburdened, there are some aspects of development that may be overlooked, thus the private sector-led development.
She made these comments when she spoke on A1 Radio’s Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show, Monday, August 15, 2022.
Her comments were in connection to a recent conversation held on the same platform about whether or not a relationship existed between the number of Ph.D holders within a certain space and whether that should influence development.
The Upper East Region, according to the latest Population and Housing Census by the Ghana Statistical Service, has a total of 565 PhD holders.
It is expected that this number may have increased or decreased just a little considering the fact that some persons were in the process of acquiring PhD when the census was done, while some may have died after the census was done.
According to the GSS 2021 PHC the Greater Accra Region has the highest with a total of 11454 PhD holders as of 2021. Second is Ashanti Region with 5157, the Central region had 3788, while Northern Region also had 1663.
While Professor of Linguistics at the University for Education, Winneba (UEW), Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh explained that there is a relationship that existed between the two, Madam Abayage disagreed.
While admitting that the is a lot of unused research and data in the country, she opined that the private sector could lead the implementation of the utilisation of the research conducted.
“Why do we have to depend on politicians for development? Why can’t individuals take these Ph.D holders [and partner with them for development?] Those individuals do not have to be Ph.D holders. Take Donald Trump, he is one of the richest men, what is his educational background? They can now take the Ph.D holders and use them to develop.”
This, she said, is because the average Ghanaian politician is overburdened.
“We tried to get the politicians to do things here, they wouldn’t because already, the politician is overburdened, especially the African politician. The person is thinking of the next election.”
“The person is thinking about the economic hardship that the country is in already. The person is thinking of other highly competitive issues on the table. We should learn to do this kind of private [sector-led development.”
“I don’t know how we are going to do it, trust me, I do not know but we must try to build in the private sector. A strong, efficient, workable private sector that would take us there.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana