A 100 DAY PRESIDENT: A look into the future.
There are those who pin it down to Napoleon Bonaparte. That it took him a 100 days to return from exile and seize his throne, reinstate himself as ruler of France, wage war against the English and Prussian armies before his last stand at the battle of Waterloo.
However, in participatory democracy, the earliest evidence of the first 100 days of a president can be traced back to Franklin Roosevelt a US President who was considered to have led them out of the great depression in the 1930’s. The term was coined in a radio broadcast to the nation although he was referring to the special hundred day session of congress he called for rather than the first 100 days of his presidency. He believed that he had a responsibility to pull America out of depression which he attributed to the wrongs of the Herbert Hoover administration. His four main priorities were to get Americans back to work, protect their savings and prosperity, provide relief for the sick and elderly and get industry and agriculture back on their feet. Within the period, he got more than fifteen bills through congress and these bills became known as the New Deal. Many people considered the new deal very successful as they created employment for the jobless and used agriculture as a base to stabilizing the economy. Critics who were republicans and big businesses felt it was too expensive and increased government wage bill in a way they did not approve of. However Roosevelt was largely considered an over achiever hence being elected to office for four separate terms by the American people; the longest serving US President.
CAN A STRONG MAN FIGHT CORRUPTION?
A message to the new government of Ghana
“CORRUPTION is not only bad because money and benefits change hands and not because of the motives of participants, but because it privatizes valuable aspects of public life, bypassing processes of representation, debate and choice.”
On Wikipedia, there is an entire article dedicated to CORRUPTION IN GHANA. It concludes “On 7 February 2012, it was reported that four prominent supporters of the NDC had been arrested and charged with corruption by an Accra court. Alfred Agbesi Woyome was charged with crimes including corrupting public officials over a multimillion dollar payment that a government inquiry alleged he had claimed illegally. Chief attorney, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, his wife and the finance ministry’s legal director were also charged with aiding and abetting a crime.” This is possibly one of the most exposed acts of corruption in our nation’s history.
Corruption in Ghana has been common since the days of taking sugar for slaves. Since 2006, Ghana’s score on the transparency international corruption perceptions index has improved slightly, ranked higher than Italy and Brazil. However there is a growing perception that government related corruption is on the increase. At the end of 2015, we were dealt a major blow as our position on the corruption index rose to 2nd on the African corruption league table. I personally don’t find the rankings helpful to our fight but the damning figure of 71% of respondents alluding to the point that we are growing more and more corrupt is not only worrying but demoralizing. Top it off with the Imani report in May 2016 that stated boldly that Ghana loses above $3billion annually through corruption. This figure came through an assessment of the auditor general’s report and was summarily a picture of state sponsored corruption and how that is killing our country.
“the money to fix Ghana is there but its being stolen”
President Nana Akuffo Addo
It is on this note, knowing the bedeviling nature of corruption that is rapidly washing our resources away with our explicit permission that the President of the Republic, then candidate Addo Danquah campaigned massively on the message of fighting corruption and removing excesses. His popular statement of “the money to fix Ghana is there but its being stolen” led a lot of people to the polls. People who were tired of the incessant abuse and misappropriation of public funds by appointed and elected officials, the sheer rot that was evidenced at the presidency and the arrogant display of this ill-gotten wealth all trouped in their numbers and delivered a resounding victory to the son of Edward Akuffo Addo. All the more trumpeting a victory as a bold way of declaring to the new president to fight corruption and the canker as Ghana rots.
Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is the 2014 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking — that means that the world’s largest public speaking organization has judged him to be one of their most talented members. But even he gets nervous before big presentations.