Ordinarily, we do not devote our editorial tor politics, but this is a national matter and so we are called upon to cross swords with some so-called big men of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who think they are the epitome of knowledge.
It was a former American President, who said that ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. This quote we all learn and recite when it suits us, but when we are called upon to live it, we put the interest of our political parties, above the national interest.
When the Government announced that it was finally going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bail-out, we have begun hearing voices of those who pretend to know-it-all.
Dr. Yaw Osafo Marfo, a one-time Minister of Finance, under erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor’s Government was on air castigating Government and predicting doom for the country.
Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto, who was also a former Minister of Finance, has also been heard on air, questioning why Government had to go to the IMF for the bail-out.
The 2008 and 2012, Vice-Presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, is also going round the country in what can be described as self-aggrandizement, in a claim that he predicted that Government was going to go to the IMF.
These same gentlemen were offered the opportunity on so many forums to bring their expertise on board as the country tries to find a way out of the current economic crisis.
In May, the Government organized the Senchi Consensus,and invitations were sent out to all these gentlemen, individually or through the party, but they failed to show up, obviously because their party did not want them to be there.
Yaw Osafo Marfo, who had accepted to go, chickened out because pressure was brought to bear on him from the NPP.
Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, at a breakfast meeting organized by Citi FM earlier in the year, had called on the Government to downsize the public sector, because of the drain the introduction of the Single Spine Salary pay policy is having on the economy.
Talk is cheap and the easiest thing anybody can do is to criticize. It is obvious from their utterances that they knew where the country will be today, when they left office in 2008. They left behind a battered economy and had initiated policies that was coming back to haunt
all of us.
The least they can do is to keep quiet and watch while the government tries to get us out of the mess.