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Let us consolidate our democracy and good governance - Speaker

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Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, has called for concerted efforts by African countries to consolidate democracy and good governance to attract the needed investments for the total development of the continent.

Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, has called for concerted efforts by African countries to consolidate democracy and good governance to attract the needed investments for the total development of the continent.

 

Professor Oquaye said this when the new British High Commissioner to Ghana, Ain Walker, paid a courtesy call on him at Parliament House last Friday.

According the Speaker, political stability of a nation allows economic activities to thrive.

In his view, in setting best practices to ensure good democratic tenants, there must be no hiding place for the ‘bad boys’ who sought to thwart the principles of democracy and good governance.

He enumerated the efforts Ghana had made in deepening democracy and good governance through the strengthening of citizen participation at the local and national levels.

Prof Oquaye mentioned that as a result of Ghana’s budding democratic and good governance agenda, British companies such as Tullow Oil and Blue Skies are doing well in the country.

"Today Africa had made good progress towards good governance. But, the question is, is it consolidated?” he asked.

Professor Oquaye called for a new paradigm in the economic drive of the continent.

“The natural resources such as the cocoa, gold, bauxite, manganese, diamond, timber and oil would be given a local content to change the economic status of Ghana.

Poverty is bad. Those who are deprived of poverty have no love for democracy. Poverty issues must be addressed by all,” the Speaker said.

Professor Mike Oquaye said he was hopeful the presence of Mr Ain Walker would bring the needed cooperation and development between Ghana and Britain.

"We are very serious about our relationship with you," the Speaker told the British commissioner.

For his part, Ain Walker pledged to broaden the connection between Ghana and the United Kingdom.

"You can count on UK to achieve your developmental aspirations," Ain Walker assured the Speaker.

The high commissioner emphasized that Ghana and Britain have a long history in terms of trade and that he did not need to look too far in helping Ghana achieve greater trade benefits with his country.

The commissioner was delighted with Ghana’s Parliament especially with how it had handled important bills like Right to Information Bill, the Special Prosecutors Bill and the Companies Bill.

"Mr. Speaker, I came to Ghana to serve my government, but to serve my government in partnership with yours and I feel together we are stronger. I really want to ensure that your government achieves development in the next four years of my stay," he said.