The 2008 Presidential candidate of the Convention People’s Party, CPP, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom has blamed Ghana’s over dependence on foreign aid as a contributing factor to the aid cut threat from the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Dr. Nduom said the threat by the British Prime Minister to cut aid to Ghana if homosexuality is not legalized is a wake up call for the country to focus more on internally generated funds rather than seeking for foreign aid.
At the just-ended summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Australia, British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to withhold UK aid from African countries with strict legislation on homosexuality.
David Cameron said countries such as Ghana risk losing UK’s domestic support if it does not adhere to proper human rights, and by extension recognizing gays.
His comment prompted a swift nationwide reaction with opposition and government condemning him for advocating such a ‘satanic act’.
President John Evans Atta Mills, in response to the UK Prime Minister, stressed that Ghana would not legalize such an immoral act which is against Ghana’s norms and customs.
Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom speaking via phone from the United States on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen program Friday said the threat by the UK Prime Minister is a blessing in disguise to motivate our leaders to liberate the country from dependence on foreign aid.
“We must be ready to sacrifice; we must be ready to suffer so that we can regain a hundred percent of our national sovereignty,” he admonished.
Dr. Nduom observed that the journey for financial and economic independence would not be easy for a country like Ghana which depends solely on foreign aid to support its budget.
He explained that a huge percentage of the country budget is funded by donor partners, hence, should the UK withdraw it annual budgetary support to Ghana, it would automatically affect government’s ability to deliver on its promises.
The aspiring presidential candidate of the CPP blamed the development on the inability of successive governments to subject such juicy grants to strict scrutiny – something according to him has now become an albatross on the neck of Ghana.
However, he believes the way forward is for Ghanaians to make a national sacrifice to bear the brunt of any repercussion from the position Ghana has taken.
Supporting President J.E.A.Mills’ decision on the gay issue, Dr. Nduom proposed a non-partisan national debate on the issue to provide a lasting solution to the national canker.