Change isn't about occupying the Flagstaff House – Rev. Mensah

Seat of government, the Flagstaff House
Seat of government, the Flagstaff House
President of the Full Gospel Church International,  Rt. Rev Samuel N. Mensah, has indicated a change in Ghana’s governance is not just about the occupancy of the Flagstaff House; the seat of government.
Delivering a sermon on the topic ‘Building A Nation After Elections’, Rev Mensah argued a change in government is not automatic guarantee of progress and development, a view widely held by many.
He said a change in governance must be complemented by a change in attitudes by Ghanaians without which the country cannot progress.
“The change is not about the occupant of the Flagstaff House but rather, we the individual citizens who must change our attitudes towards nation building,” he said in a post election sermon Sunday.
Ghanaians on December 7 voted in a general election that saw Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party emerging as the winner to take over the governance of the country for the next four years.
The president-elect and his party prior to the elections, led a campaign of change to bring to an end, what they described as the “incompetent John Mahama” and his National Democratic Congress government.
But Rev. Mensah noted “a leader cannot make good progress with an apathetic society,” hence urged all Ghanaians to contribute to the building of the nation, adding “Ghanaians must have a sociocultural transformation”.
Rev. Mensah said the minimum key contribution the people can make to help in the country’s progress is attitudinal change.
“Change starts with us as individuals else there will be no change at the collective, national level,” he observed..
Quoting Genesis chapter 11:1-6, he said “a people united can do anything. Nothing can stop a group of people that are united towards a common purpose”.
He identified responsible leadership and citizenry as the key ingredients to achieving effective governance and development in the country in the aftermath of the elections.
Shared vision
He also underscored the need for Ghanaians to have ” a collective vision” in order to drive the nation forward
Rev. Mensah said ancient nations became developed because they had a common vision to bring about all the intentions and economic developments that moved their worlds forward, indicating “it cannot be overemphasised that indeed vision is the energy of progress”.
Winner takes all system
The system of winner takes all which has characterised the country’s governance, he observed, is the cause of the many challenges facing the country and its people.
For him, there is the need for an all inclusive system of governance. “Bring everybody on board the ship of progress and development. The winner takes all constitutional policy is the root cause of  all challenges Ghana as a nation is facing”.
Meanwhile, he has called for the maintenance of law and order in the country and urged the incoming government to apply the laws of the land without fear or favour, saying “no society can develop without law and order”.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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