Director of European Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has lashed out at the Akufo-Addo government for turning their backs on Civil Society Organisations and Experts of various fields.
Professor Gyampo accused the government of developing a ‘winner knows all’ posture which makes them hold their views as superior to all others thus no need to consult.
He recalled how in opposition Akufo-Addo and the NPP constantly engaged CSOs, Experts on various fields and people with technical know-how on various subjects in relation to issues of national concern.
This attribute he said has suddenly vanished after they won the 2016 elections.
The handling of the recent impasse at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as a result of students’ demonstration over alleged maltreatment by security and School authorities Professor Gyampo insisted is a perfect instance of government’s ‘know it all’ attitude.
“When they are in opposition, they consult Civil Society Organisations, they consult individuals. Once they get into power, they know everything. They don’t consult anybody. One of the challenges of this government is not ‘Winner takes all’ but also ‘Winner knows all’. They go about their administration as if they know all but there are things that people have advance knowledge, people have prior knowledge and people have built expertise in them. An example is a recent incident that happened in KNUST and the speed with which the government sought to behave in a totalitarian manner, dissolving governing council and thinking about determining the choice of the various constituents of the governing council. Clearly, they didn’t know” he mentioned to www.ghanaweb.com in an exclusive interview.