Managing Editor of Insight Newspaper, Kwesi
Pratt Jr., has said Ghanaians do not need a
‘macho’ president to solve the nation’s
He said presidents are elected to solve social
problems and not to demonstrate stamina to
Reacting to claims by some persons in
government that the length of President
Mahama’s State of the Nation Address
delivered Thursday, which lasted three and half
hours, is a demonstration of his stamina, Pratt
said “you don’t need a macho man to do that.”
He criticized the claim saying that only
detracts from the substance of the President’s
President John Mahama gave a three-and-half-
hour state of the nation address to Parliament
on Thursday detailing progress in the health,
education, economy infrastructure.
His presentation has triggered mixed reaction
from sections of the public.
Contributing to the debate on Radio Gold’s
Alhaji and Alhaji, Pratt did not mince words in
heavily criticising the stamina chorus being
sang by leading members of the governing
He went further to complain about the manner
the agriculture sector of the nation has been
He said Ghanaian farmers no longer prepare
their own seeds as was the case some years ago
but now depend on imported seeds.
Pratt described the farmers’ dependence on
seeds from Monsanto among others as
“frightening and shocking.”
“You cannot insist on food sovereignty when
you have no capacity to prepare your own
seeds,” he said.
He intimated the nation’s dependence on
imported seeds “undermines national
sovereignty in a most significant manner.”
Also, he berated government’s handling of the
natural resources of the nation saying “we
ought to be deeply worried about it.”
He said resources such as rivers, part of the
sea considered national territory of Ghana,
human beings, minerals, and forests must be
guarded with the interest of the citizen s in
Pratt also commended government for the
length of roads constructed and for those
However, he spoke against government’s award
of contracts to foreigners when local
contractors could execute the same projects.
“You are using national resources to create
worth in some of these countries,” he said.
He advised government to find a way to build
local capacity through awarding of contracts to
local firms to maximize full returns.
Source : radio gold