- Prof Kwame Karikari is not expecting Akufo Addo's 'Ghana Beyond Aid' agenda to work
- He pointed out that Ghana is not doing enough to be self-dependent
A lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies in the University of Ghana, Prof. Kwame Karikari has labelled President Akufo Addo's 'Ghana Beyond Aid' agenda as "laughable". The professor was speaking at a media stakeholder's meeting.
The meeting, organised by the National Commission on Civic Education, brought together veteran journalists and other members of the media. The head of the National Media Commission, Mr Kwasi Gyan-Appenteng was also in attendance.
Prof Karikari cited examples of what he described as "over-expenditure" at the presidency. These include for instance the number of cars used by the presidency. He decried what he believes as needless spending by the executive.
For him, any efforts Ghana makes to be self-dependent will not yield any good results unless the government learns to change how it spends. He weighed this against the backdrop that much of the spending was from borrowed money.
The issue of the national debt is also a source of worry for Prof. Karikari. He pointed out that the natural resources the nation held meant that more should be done to produce for self-sustenance.
The 'Ghana Beyond Aid' agenda was set by President Akufo Addo in his celebratory speech on Ghana's 61st anniversary of independence. The president then put together a commission that he said would put together a concrete blueprint.
But Prof Karikari expressed that issues such as the management of Ghana's oil revenue did not make him make him hopeful about Akufo Addo's agenda.
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