Founder and leader of the defunct United Renaissance Party (URP), "Chuck" Kofi Wayo
Founder and leader of the defunct United Renaissance Party (URP), "Chuck" Kofi Wayo

The Founder and Leader of the United Renaissance Party (UFP), Charles Kofi Wayo says Ghanaians are living in a state of ‘survival of the fittest’.

According to Kofi Wayo, incomes are so low that the general population is poor and as a result, old folks who are supposed to have social benefits are often seen on the streets selling to make ends needs.

He noted that every open space in the country has been virtually turned into a market place with lawlessness being the order of the day.

Kofi Wayo lamented that because there is no social intervention for the aged, police officers and other public officials are afraid to go on retirement even when they have reached the stipulated age of 60.

He called for the improvement of conditions of service of the police and other security officers so they can discharge their duties effectively.

Contributing to a panel discussion on the state of roads in the country on Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM, the maverick politician said Ghana has a big problem because people who are often given appointments are selected because of their political affiliation.

He stressed that these appointees rarely understand their jobs and therefore perform abysmally.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Protection Agency, Kofi Capito, noted that ‘thieves’ have hijacked the development of the nation with inflated contracts to cater for kickbacks.

Kofi Capito alleged that, “the road contractor is a thief, the engineer is a thief and the government who is awarding the contract too is a thief,” adding all these people are duping the state in one way or the other.

He added that it is unfortunate that the elite, in whose hands the nation has been entrusted are stealing from the country’s coffers.

Still on the show, an independent presidential aspirant, Jacob Osei Yeboah expressed worry that road contracts are awarded to people based on political affiliation irrespective of the awardees’ capabilities.

Mr. Osei Yeboah noted that as a result of the development, roads in the country do not last, necessitating costly repairs and maintenance. He added that “we should not just construct roads, but consider how the roads will last.”

He said here must be accountability right from the project conception stage to the completion level and the person who will certify the roads. “They must all be held accountable for anything that goes wrong.”

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