Vision1 FM                       Light FM                         Light TV

You need Stomach for “Nonsense” – Ocquaye to Politicians

The Speaker of Parliament  Professor Mike Ocquaye, has urged politicians to develop capacity to stomach “nonsense” in the pursuit of a political career.



Delivering a lecture to mark the 40th Anniversary of the legacy, life and Political achievements of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, Prime Minister of Ghana from 1969 to 1972, in the 2nd Republic, the Speaker, quoting Prof. Busia who once said “If you will enter politics and you ask me what qualification is needed for a politician in this country today, I would say this: you will not make a success of it unless you have a large capacity to stomach nonsense”, admonished present and future politicians to take a cue from Professor Busia and develop bigger hearts to contain all the challenges that will come their way.

“You must not think that the more you give, the more loyalty and gratitude you will get. You won’t. Anyone who enters public life must know that he is going to a place where that stranger master called opinion is the most unkind of all masters. You will be made to explain things you have done, and things you have not done. You will be made a thief, a murderer, a miser – anything. If you are going to politics, you must be prepared to be wounded” the speaker quoted.

In his seven thousand words lecture, the Speaker of Parliament, a known long time-admirer of the late Prime Minister Kofi Busia, recounted the political struggles, achievements and ambitions of Professor Busia during his two and a half year rule before he was overthrown by General I. k. Acheampong.

Leadership and Mentoring


On leadership, he recalled how Professor Busia discovered former President Kufour and mentored him by appointing him as the youngest serving Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Ghana.

“Busia was an expert in discovering talents, building bridges and keeping lasting and valuable relationships. His capacity to mentor and work with men and women of different generations is worthy of mention. President J.A. Kufuor was assisted and encouraged by Busia at an early age. Indeed Busia saw something in Kufuor. First, Busia recommended him to Oxford and subsequently endorsed his political ambition. While in his late twenties, young Kufuor was made a Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, and he knew perfectly that the Prime Minister’s eyes were on him for future leadership. Such young man, Busia tutored by words, deed and example” the Speaker said.

Declaration of Independence

The Speaker submitted that Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, could not have been the one who declared independence in Ghana.

“Let me say categorically that Nkrumah did not declare independence at the Old Polo Grounds. The motion for independence was supported by Busia and was carried and the Duchess of Kent declared Ghana independent at the National Assembly by the authority of Queen Elizabeth II. No Ghanaian child should be taught that Nkrumah declared independence at the Old Polo Ground. That was a CPP Rally and Nkrumah was entitled to let his supporters know that the struggle was in fact ended. Independence was declared hours later in Parliament” Professor Oquaye stated.

 

Source:Starrfmonline.com

More Politics

Minority steps out of parliament over creation of new region. Minority steps out of parliament over creation of new region. 2018-11-16 - The Minority in Parliament has staged its first walk out for...
Nothing but untold hardship has being brought on cocoa farmers by NPP - MAHAMA. Nothing but untold hardship has being brought on cocoa farmers by NPP - MAHAMA. 2018-11-16 - Former President John Mahama has told cocoa farmers that the...
GHC180 given to the Office of the Special Prosecutor to fight corruption. GHC180 given to the Office of the Special Prosecutor to fight corruption. 2018-11-15 -  Office of the Special Prosecutor has been allocated an amount...
Feud between Communication Ministry and BOG over mobile money data. Feud between Communication Ministry and BOG over mobile money data. 2018-11-15 - The Bank of Ghana has refuse to release data on mobile money...
ASEMPA BUDGET wasn't at the best for business growth - Labour Union ASEMPA BUDGET wasn't at the best for business growth - Labour Union 2018-11-14 - Labour union of the Ghana Federation and other unions have lament...

 

More News..

"Unity Air" recieves license to commerce full operation. 2018-11-16 - Unity Group chairman acquired license to operate 'Unity Air'...
Unity Air urged to be professional in its operations. Unity Air urged to be professional in its operations. 2018-11-16 - The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has urged management of the...
Students re-sumes back to school today - KNUST. Students re-sumes back to school today - KNUST. 2018-11-16 - School re-sumes today at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science...
Deported former UBS convicted trader welcome by family. Deported  former UBS convicted trader welcome by family. 2018-11-16 - Kweku Adoboli, former UBS convicted trader was welcomed on arrival...
Textiles included in Tax Stamp Policy Textiles included in Tax Stamp Policy 2018-11-15 - Government has revealed plans of extending tax stamp policy to...