Distinguished Invited Guests:
As a nation, we need to work together to restore hope to all our people. We need to erase the wrong perception that though the country is for all of us, only few people can prosper while working or practicing their vocations or professions in this country.
We need to erase the perception that we must go and live in other countries, especially the western countries, before we can make a decent life or be able to acquire the basic necessities of life.
We need to create an enabling environment so that every Ghanaian, who works hard in this country and applies the best practices, would be able to live a decent life and be fully fulfilled in realizing his or her dream.
We should create an enabling environment so that:
The school teacher, the artisan, the trader, the farmer, the police man, the soldier, the driver, the nurse, the medical doctor, the academic, the technocrat, the business man and woman, etc., who works hard in this country, can live decently and retire honourably.
The wrong perception that has been created in this country, and indeed, our continent, is that it is when we enter into partisan politics, or are associated with certain power structures, or are involved in certain shady deals, or travel particularly to the western world, that we can become prosperous, or be able to acquire certain necessities of life.
As a nation, our leaders have a particular responsibility to restore hope to the entire citizenry; they have to work towards the creation of an enabling environment so that every Ghanaian can live a decent life with the expectation of a bright future here in Ghana.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen: Our university bought a power generator from Anointed Electrical Engineering Services for our corporate headquarters, at Dansoman, somewhere in 2007. Right at that time, I saw Mr. Boateng as a strong-minded, determined, focused man. About a month ago, I called him to discuss the acquisition of a new generator for our City Campus, on the Graphic Road. I agreed to see him so I headed towards the shop he was previously operating from, down the road here. I reached the place but could not see the signage. It was thereafter that I was informed he had relocated his shop. I called him again and he redirected me to this place.
When I got here, I met a determined and an enthusiastic man. I saw the spirit of excellence as he conducted me around. My earlier impressions about him as a hardworking man was confirmed. When I got to my office at the Graphic Road, I encouraged our Vice President for Administration and others to try and visit his facility. Ladies and Gentlemen, I could not hide my excitement.
The success story of Mr. Boateng confirms my strong conviction that Ghanaians can capture and dominate the commanding heights of our economy when they are properly trained and an enabling environment is created for them. As of now, this does not seem to be the case for most of our people. This we must work to correct!
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, two biblical texts have of late assumed fresh meaning to me:- Genesis 1: 28, and Acts 17: 26.
Gen. 1: 28: God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it; Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
Acts: 17:26: From one he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the earth: he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
Original Mandate: Fruitfulness/productivity, filling and subduing the earth, ruling the earth.
This mandate we have to be able to exercise, wherever we are located. That is where we belong, all of us! And that is what we must aspire to achieve.
Thank you and may our good Lord bless us all.