Clearly, Dr. Spio-Garbrah’s views on the 1D1F programme as an opportunity to quicken the pace of national industrialization through the rapid transformation of the rural economy is a sound and legitimate one. In other words, the 1D1F programme should be directed at jump-starting the process of rural industrialization and thereby integrate the rural sector into the larger national economy. This position is in stark contrast to government’s approach to the programme rather as an avenue to engage in propaganda and the usual sloganeering for political gain.
Indeed, I strongly agree with Hon. Dr. Spio-Garbrah in his assertion that if seriousness is attached to the programme, it will have the potential to rapidly create massive farm- and non-farm employment opportunities to absorb the growing numbers of unemployed people in both the rural and urban sectors of our economy. Such creativity, foresight and competence are the qualities that are needed in the political leadership and governing class to turn the fortunes of our country around.
It is my fervent hope that, the NPP government will take a humble cue from the free tutelage offered by Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and modify their approach to the implementation of the 1D1F programme and gain success within the time-span of their mandate, rather than ridiculously pleading with the public to allow them another term to complete the factories.
Dr. Kwame Ampofo
(Former MP, South Dayi Constituency)