The Dean of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Local Governance, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae has called for the involvement of former administrators in all sectors of the governance system to help foster development in the country.
According to him, the saying that government is continuous also implies the tapping of ideas from individuals who can, in diverse ways, contribute to the growth of the country irrespective of their affiliation to past governments.
His comments are inspired by a recent development in which collaboration between the Attorney General, Gloria Akufo and the former Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong yielded good fruits as Ghana emerged victorious in a maritime dispute against Cote d’Ivoire.
Cote d’Ivoire accused Ghana of violating its maritime boundaries in the exploration of oil at the West of Cape Three Points.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Saturday, September 23, 2017 unanimously ruled that there has not been any violation on the part of Ghana on Cote d’Ivoire’s maritime boundaries.
The event saw the adoption of the equidistance method of delineation of the maritime boundary as argued by Ghana.
Relating the outcome of the merger in the perspective of governance, Dr. Oduro Osae said the development has proven that the adoption of all-inclusive governance will enhance progress. That, he said, involved desisting from the attitude of politicizing issues that borders on national development.
“Together we can achieve a lot. Once a government exits, it is expected that the next government continuous with the good works of the previous government. We should continue to put our resources together and bring all Ghanaians on board on national issues to promote development,” he said.
“In other aspects of governance, I am sure parliament can improve their working relationships by learning something from the ITLOS ruling. I will expect that if the government is setting up certain committees and does not have the needed expertise, they should feel free and go to the opposition’s camp and pull up somebody who has the expertise to support mother Ghana,” he added.
Dr. Oduro Osae gave the admonition when he was speaking on the Morning Expresss on Radio XYZ today.
According to him, it is improper to refer to the past government as the opposition due to the tendency of opposing everything proposed by the ruling government.
“The fact that your government is not in power today does not mean that whatever the government does is wrong. If you call other parties opposition, then you are forcing them to oppose every step of the government even if it is right. Let us call them alternative government so that they know they have a role to play by giving alternative solutions,” he noted.
He further advised the government to establish a joint implementation committee made up of people from both countries and involve the past administration to ensure a smooth implementation of the ruling.