Ghana's head of state, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, has called for an end to 'sterile debate' on the future of the country's governmental system.
Ghana's head of state, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, has called for an end to 'sterile debate' on the future of the country's governmental system. Speaking at the opening of a new branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank in Accra, the capital, he said: "We appreciate the concern of genuine Ghanaians to widen the scope for participation in the government of this country -- but we are not going to be pressured into opening channels for political machinations which will detract us from the tremendous job that must be done."
In recent months there has been some public debate in Ghana on the value of a consultative assembly for the country. Ghana is ruled by the National Redemption Council (NRC), headed by Colonel Acheampong. The NRC is a combined military and civilian government formed in January last year following a coup which ousted Dr. Kofia Busia.
The new branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank was opened to commemorate the bank's 20th anniversary. The bank is state-owned, with deposits totalling more than C150,000,000 (about 150-million sterling). Following his opening speech, Colonel Acheampong presented long-service awards; unveiled a plaque in the new branch, and out a ribbon to declare he branch open. Following the open-air ceremony he attended a reception ???aids the branch.
SYNOPSIS: The Ghana Commercial Bank has celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its foundation with the opening of a new branch in the capital, Accra, on Monday.
The opening ceremony was performed by the country's head of state, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, in an open-air ceremony attended by government officials, banking officials, and other dignitaries.
The opening speech was made by the Ghana Commercial Bank's Managing Director, Mr. T.E. Anin, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. He recalled how the Bank opened for business twenty years earlier as the Bank of the Gold Coast, in a cluster of wooden shacks. The paid-up capital was then equivalent to six-hundred-thousand cedi. Today, the Bank had a paid-up capital of five-million cedi, with deposits of more than a hundred and fifty million.
Colonel Acheampong took advantage of the occasion to call for an end to 'sterile debate' on the future of the country's governmental system. Ghana was not going to be pressured into opening channels for political machinations that would detract from the 'tremendous job' that must be done for the country, he said.
The head of state presented some long-service awards to Bank employees and unveiled a commemorative plaque, after saying in his address that the National Redemption Council -- which rules the country -- was not averse to using all talent that could be usefully deployed. But it did not intend to be used by politicians and would-be politicians as a spring-board to impose themselves on the nation, he said.
There's been some public debate in Ghana in recent months on the value of a consultative assembly for the country. The National Redemption Council is a combined military and civilian government set up in January last year, following a coup which ousted Dr. Kofi Busia.