Mensah otabil hits government again


Mensah Otabil

Pastor Mensa Otabil has said businesses are
being killed through high taxes.
“For a nation to be great, its laws have to
facilitate growth. You cannot overtax
businesses and kill them and hope them to
survive at the same time; it doesn’t work that
way,” the International Central Gospel Church
(ICGC) founder told an audience of young
entrepreneurs on Saturday February 27 in his
keynote address at the grand finale of the
Springboard road show organised by Albert
and Comfort Ocran.
“If we want businesses to survive and to thrive,
we have to create an environment for
businesses to thrive,” he said.
In his view, some of the most successful
entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the world
would have found it difficult to achieve the
laurels they are currently famed for, had they
found themselves in a stifling and “poisonous”
atmosphere like Ghana’s.
“I asked this question sometime ago on this
same platform: If Mark Zuckerberg was a
Ghanaian and had the idea of Facebook, would
his idea have thrived? If Steve Jobs had the
great idea of Apple and was a thriving
computer engineer in Kokomlemle, would he
have built that world class brand? I don’t
know. But it seems to me all of us are [in
agreement] it would have been extraordinary
for them to have succeeded. So, what’s the
difference between Mark Zuckerberg and you
[audience], Steve Jobs and you? It’s not brains,
it’s the Sulphur, it’s the environment,” he
“That is why for most of you young men, don’t
just focus on your dreams, demand for the
right environment to be created also, and the
right environment is not NPP or NDC; parties
don’t govern nations, laws and policies govern
nations. Go beyond party names and start
examining policies and demanding policies that
will make you thrive, so that if you want to set
up a business, your business can thrive.
Because if we don’t do that we’ll waste our
talents, we’ll waste our gift; we’ll be world
class but play at the village level. And it has
nothing to do with your dreams or your talent,
it has all to do with the environment. We have
to force the politicians to think of us, and to
think of our lives, and to think of our future,
and to think of our dreams. And the only way
to do that is for you to start thinking, not in
party terms, but in policy terms and making
sure that the laws that govern your industry
favour you because if that doesn’t happen,
dreamers will die with their dream unrealised.
Keynote address to let you know: if you
abandon your destiny in somebody’s hand, he
won’t help you. If you wait and say: ‘Well
government is good, government will take care
of me one day – they won’t. People will not
give you what is yours until you ask and
demand for it. And if you don’t demand for it,
you’ll be bypassed. I see a lot of young men
here, young women here, I used to be one of
you not long ago with great dreams, have I
fulfilled my dreams? Not even a tenth of what
I wish I could do with my life…” Dr Otabil
He said the sulphuric environment in the
country kills dreams and stifles potential.
“The challenge for nations like Ghana is not
the challenge of talented citizens. It is the
challenge of poisonous environment: an
environment that has been poisoned by
ordinariness, by mediocrity and sometimes by
a clear agenda to destroy talents. And how can
a nation be great when its systems are fighting
the talent of its people? What have we put in
the environment in the soil that is killing the
dream of young men and young women? How
can people go to university – and for years –
and not know what to do? How can people
with potential not fulfill their potential? If you
take a simple area like football, the greatest
Ghanaian players now were all onions that
were planted in a different soil. They had to go
outside Ghana for their talents to become
world class. Do you think if Michael Essien had
continued playing in the Ghana league, we will
call his name? No! Is he talented? Yes! A
person can be so good but if planted in a
wrong environment he will be so bad,” the
motivational preacher added.

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