Paramount Chief of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV has lamented about the state of our country and economy in a recently held Yam Festival.
The Chief who doubles as Board chairman of World Trade Center in Accra said, its about time leaders put the interest of the country first, and stop paying lip service to the myriad of issues confronting our country.
He said, although the founding father and the present constitution directed leadership to secure progress and development, the high living cost and sinking economy had become the nation’s portion.
The Chief and investment accountant, who was address the grand durbar at this year’s Asogli Yam Festival on Saturday said, the nation would require truthful leadership to consolidate the tenets of governance.
“Those who fought for our independence thought we were going to rule ourselves, but the dream of self –governance has eluded us. We have not been able to deliver as out people wanted.”
“Leaders are concerned about politics and not development. They are concerned about how to secure and retain power, and not the development of the nation. The money outlook is affecting leadership and has made governance a matter of life and death,” he added.
He bemoaned the thievery and corruption in the country, saying those who are into the act cannot bring the desired development the country deserves.
“Everyone is seeking to rob the nation’s resources, and those who steal the nation’s wealth cannot bring development. It is very challenging, and we must fight against it.
Stealing the nation’s money has become part of us. People do not take national projects seriously.” He said.
Former President John Mahama who graced the occasion commended Togbe Afede for rebranding the festival and giving it an international appeal.
Present at the durbar were political and religious leaders, heads of civil and corporate bodies, and leaders from ewe communities across West Africa.
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