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Hannah Tetteh

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanna Tetteh has advised former Majority, Alban Bagbin to focus on the projects given him by the President instead of publicly criticising the president.

A statement on her Facebook said ?You may not agree with me, but I believe that Democratic Governance can never be a ?one man? or ?one party show?, we all have a role to play.

To my brother Hon. Alban Bagbin, that means criticising the President in public makes sensational headlines, and perhaps the main topic of discussion for the.week, but if you put that zeal into the supervision & oversight of the projects given to you and the other ?wise men? to oversee, and deliver on time, on budget and maintain standards & quality you would be doing something that would be in the headlines for all the best reasons for a long time to come.?

Mr. Alban Bagbin on Friday questioned President Mahama?s commitment to fighting corruption and has since come under criticism from some members of the governing party and government officials.

Hanna Tetteh said ?Were we to have more people both in and out of Government (and wanting to take over the reins of Government) actually engaging in this way at different levels of the Governance process and making our leaders across the length & breadth of our country respond to people?s concerns, we may find that we are making people more aware
of their responsibilities while in public office to deliver development. We can create a more effective way of demanding accountability and dealing with the allegations of corruption & mismanagement where they are alleged to have occurred. We would not be expecting the President to be Superman.?

Find below the Madam Hanna Tetteh?s full statement

I am in South Africa at the moment for the 3rd Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation Meeting between Ghana and South Africa. The objective of this meeting is to review agreements that have been entered into between our two l countries, review progress on the implementation arrangements that were also agreed on, and the progress we have made so far. Further, we are looking at what needs more work, and a change in the way we have implemented our joint commitments together so far, in order to make changes where things are not working as we would have wished ? so that ultimately our citizens who want to travel, do business, export/import cooperate in areas of sports development etc. and look for opportunities to work with each other find it easier to do so. We are also expecting President Zuma in Ghana at the end of this month, and so this is also in preparation for his visit.

Knowing that my status update would indicate where I am, I thought I?d start with this information, but I have another point that I would like to make. When any Government is elected into office and individuals are assigned specific responsibilities whether by election or appointment, then my view is that each individual elected official/appointee has a responsibility to do the job they have been appointed/elected to do.

His Excellency the President is important as the Leader of the Country, and those who work with him at the Presidency have a role to play in helping him to execute the functions for which he is solely mandated to act or chooses to exercise direct oversight. However, at the same time every appointee/elected official has responsibilities of his/her own and even though we all work to the President each person must do their best to meet those responsibilities.

Focusing all our attention and giving the excuses of the inability to do one thing or the other on our inability to consult the President at Flagstaff house or discussing the action to be taken without his input creates the impression we are waiting for the President to do something or instruct someone before anything can happen.

That point of view suggests that there is no room for initiative on the part of Government officials. The whole concept of delegated responsibility recognises that one person can?t do everything and other persons must also share the workload. When we suggest otherwise and hold the President responsible for every other action suggests members of the team can absolve themselves for their own inaction. I am of the view that that perception of governance is wrong.

In a decentralised democracy the objective must be to create leaders at every level of Government, and for that matter there must be alternative positions/ideas whether from an ?opposition?, or civil society organisation, or other persons interests who also have different viewpoints engaging at all levels of government to scrutinise & test what is being suggested or implemented.

In other words, those participating in Government from the position of a unit committee member, Assemblyman, District Chief Executive, MP?s, other Chief Executives & the management of organisations and institutions as well as Ministers must assume their responsibilities, and must be contested on the basis of issues & actions.

Were we to have more people both in and out of Government ( and wanting to take over the reigns of Government) actually engaging in this way at different levels of the Governance process and making our leaders across the length & breadth of our country respond to people?s concerns, we may find that we are making people more aware of their responsibilities while in public office to deliver development. We can create a more effective way of demanding accountability and dealing with the allegations of corruption & mismanagement where they are alleged to have occurred. We would not be expecting the President to be Superman.

You may not agree with me, but I believe that Democratic Governance can never be a ?one man? or ?one party show?, we all have a role to play. To my brother Hon. Alban Bagbin, that means criticising the President in public makes sensational headlines, and perhaps the main topic of discussion for the week, but if you put that zeal into the supervision & oversight of the projects given to you and the other ?wise men? to oversee, and deliver on time, on budget and maintain standards & quality you would be doing something that would be in the headlines for all the best reasons for a long time to come.

Source-Citifmonline

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