A Political Science Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Amoako Baah expressed some concerns about the utterances of the President. Dr. Baah hoped the handlers of President Akufo-Addo would guide him when he is addressing the public without a prepared text.
He observed that on many occasions when the President has been left to speak extempore, it brings about issues that put him in a bad light.
“We have left the President to be talking anyhow, why? Anytime he is left to talk on his own, it brings issues and no one is cautioning him,” said Dr. Baah.
He was referring to a recent comment by President Akufo-Addo in relation to the deplorable state of Kwabre roads in the Ashanti Region.
The President said he was unperturbed by calls from aggrieved residents to vote against the New Patriotic Party in the 2024 election if their bad roads are not fixed.
In response to Dr. Baah’s comment along with the opinions of many Ghanaians, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Anthony Namoo reminded Ghanaians that the president was human and could make mistakes.
He admitted that the president could have handled the situation better but was quick to add that the president, as human, is fallible.
“I think he has managed it [the comment] in a way. I think that the better management would be that in the next one year or so, he should just commission one of the bad roads and that would make up for whatever comments he has made. The President was in the Upper East Region, he was in the Upper West Region and other places and the questions come and sometimes, he is a human being, let us not look at the President as a superhuman being. [The frustration got to him]. For me, the only way to water this down is that before 2023 ends, the President is commissioning a 10km or 5km road in that area,” he said.
Lawyer Namoo admitted that while the President may have apologised, more or less, it may not be what Ghanaians were expecting.
He added that, “for me, on the quiet, the Minister for Roads can go, identify the road, and work on it and that’s it. Then he would go there, commission the road and say, perhaps, with the benefit of hindsight, I should have said abc and that would close the matter.”
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP reminded Ghanaians that, “the President is also a human being. He is a reflection of the society in which we are, and so the President is not a superhuman being. He is fallible just like any other human being, but sometimes we expect him not to be like lesser mortals like us.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana