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Delay Of… Senchi Report Terrible …Says K.B. Asante

Retired diplomat and statesman, K.B. Asante, has described as “terrible” the presentation of the full report on the Senchi Consensus, three weeks after the event.

According to him, the 22-point Consensus was agreed upon several years ago but lack of ‘political will’ has delayed its manifestation.

Mr. Asante made these remarks when he spoke at the 5th Great Conversation on Africa and Mentorship School 2014, an event put together by governance and leadership development organisation, Passionate Africa Initiative.

“I read in the newspapers this morning that the report will be out sometime next week. I questioned whether they were really serious?

…Haven’t we got young men and women at the ministry to write reports? During Nkrumah’s era, if we meet today, tomorrow the report must be ready,” he added.

It will be recalled that Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, disclosed during a meeting with a Swiss business delegation last week at the Flagstaff House that the full Senchi report will be made available to the public two weeks after the forum.

This, Mr. Asante stated, tells the level of “seriousness attached to the forum.”

The former Secretary to Ghana’s first leader, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, said such important events should have a blueprint which should be discussed and modified as debates go on adding that it should not take three weeks for the full report to be published.

“Look, before you hold a big conference at Senchi, you prepare. If you don’t prepare then you are not serious,” Mr. Asante stressed.

He wondered how long it will take for the implementation of the report considering the length of time it is taking for the full report to be published.

“If you are taking three weeks to write this report then when are you going to implement the content? …it’s terrible,” he noted.

He advised government to be more serious and act quickly if it is concerned about developmental issues.

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