Former Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kyerematen has indicated that transformational leadership is required in Ghana to stop the country from going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support.
He indicated that Ghana has been to the Fund seventeen times but the problems have not been solved.
To him, in order to tackle the fundamental economic challenges, Ghana needs a leader who will move it from just achieving growth targets to transformation.
Speaking during a meeting with the Ga Mantse King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II in Accra on Monday, March 13, Mr Kyerematen said he represents that kind of leader who will transform Ghana.
The flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said “I have no doubt in my mind that you are interested directly or indirectly as to who becomes the next president of our country. In our party, our symbol is the elephant and we know that the symbol of the Ga State is the elephant so all Gas, naturally belong to the NPP. Because there is a spiritual connectivity between our symbols and it is appropriate on occasion like this to recall in memory some of the stalwarts of our party who were subjects of this state.
“We recall Senior Obestsebi Lamptey, Peter Ala Adjetey, Obestebi Lamptey Jnr who was chairman of the party and then many others, Samuel Odoi-Sykes and the much younger ones Ayikoi Otoo, Adjiri Blankson and many others. I think that the role that the Ga Community has played in bringing us to power must be appreciated by our own party.
“And so if it is God’s will that I lead this party and I become President I will make sure that Gas feature very prominently in the government that I will run.”
He further stated that he will do so also for very strategic reasons.
He said “because Greater Accra is the capital of our country and it is the entry point into our country and first impressions are important. So it is in our own interest as a government to lift up the Ga State.
“Secondly, the two most important challenges that confront us as a nation currently are maintaining a strong resilient economy and secondly, creating job opportunities, particularly for our youths. These two challenges cannot be dealt with significantly without transforming our country. Since independence, we have been to the IMF 17 times, and we are currently working towards receiving a package from IMF.
“We have to reverse this trend and the only way we can reverse this trend is to have a transformational leader who can move the country beyond growth to transformation. In all humility and modesty, I believe that I offer that opportunity to move this country forward to the transformation.”