Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur
GHANA on Monday, made history with the vetting and subsequent swearing in of Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, as Vice President, following the elevation of Mr. John Mahama to the substantive post of President.
The position of Vice President became vacant following the demise of President John Evans Atta Mills and the swearing in of his Vice, Mr. Mahama, as President.
The vetting of Mr. Amissah-Arthur by Parliament was the first in the history of this country, generating controversy among parliamentarians and a section of the public.
Thank God, everything went on smoothly and the nation now has a Vice-President who is expected to support the President to accomplish the task ahead of them.
We hope that Ghanaians and, for that matter, party functionaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would put to rest the negative developments concerning the nomination of the Vice President, and rally behind the government to prosecute its programmes and policies for accelerated development.
The Times wishes the new team every success in its socio-economic agenda, and hopes that it would justify the confidence reposed in it by Ghanaians.
We wish to remind the new government that it has less than five months to prove to Ghanaians that it is capable of managing the economy prudently, for them to renew their mandate. Therefore, there is no time to waste.
After the funeral of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, the new President might need to reconstitute his government and move into action without delay.
The onerous responsibility rests on President Mahama and his Vice to reshuffle the ministerial positions t where necessary, and bring in people who are ready and willing to sacrifice for the betterment of this country.
There is no doubt that the late President Mills did all he could to revamp the economy to some extent, and it is now up to President Mahama to build on his achievements.
Ghanaians expect his government to do something more pragmatic and drastic to uplift their living conditions, and we hope it would not fail the nation.
We welcome the new Vice President and wish him well.