Founder of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil has charged Ghanaians to cultivate an independent spirit that aspires for the better, and resist the temptation of being content with the provision of basic amenities such as roads, water and electricity by the state.
We can’t just be happy because a road has been tarred. We can’t just be happy that we didn’t have electricity now we have electricity. We can’t be happy with minimals”, the theologian said at a Springboard event.
Mensa Otabil emphasized that “citizens must have an appetite for better”. The pastor explained that he perceives the nation has been plunged into a period of great depression.
We are a country in need of inspiration…there is enough depression to swallow not only this generation but several to come after us.”
Pastor Otabil, who identified the nature of the problems in the country, lamented that the state had become too intrusive in the lives of Ghanaians.
The state is doing everything…running our hospitals running all our schools, employing all the people and messing it up big time”.
In an exhortation, Otabil revived the spirits of his audience, charging them to take back the running of their lives by the state through politicians.
However, the renowned pastor warned his listeners against giving his statement political meanings.
I am not saying that in a political sense. I am not saying take back from one party and give it to another party”.
While typically breaking down a key capitalist principle, Pastor Otabil prescribed that the state should be limited to providing a favourable environment where private enterprises can thrive.
We have to got to the point where it is not the state running the country, it is the people running our country, it is entrepreneurs… the state should get out of hospitals, get out of schools.”
The motivational speaker went on to point out the adverse effects of the huge control the state is having over people’s lives, saying that no private hospital in Ghana at the moment is capable of employing up to 20 doctors.
If Ghanaians dream and dare to take back their lives from the government, it should be possible to see the state employing not more than 5% of doctors in Ghana,” he envisaged.
Speaking to young people at the event, Otabil encouraged the new breed of Ghanaian youth to put a stop to the state control of the Ghanaian economy. He further explained that corruption, which is prevalent in the society now could be easily linked to governments. Giving a typical illustration with the procurement sector, Otabil found it unacceptable that “almost everything we buy is bought for the government…” That is what feeds corruption in this country”, he said, pointing out that private companies are less likely to inflate prices of items because they appreciate the value of money.
Unfortunately, governments have no appreciation for the money that comes to them because they didn’t generate it. We give it to them,” he said to a resounding applause.
About Mensa Otabil
Pastor Mensa Otabil is a Ghanaian theologian, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. Aside being the founder of International Central Gospel Church, he is also the founder and Chancellor of Central University College, and CEO of Otabil and Associates, an executive and Leadership Growth Consultancy. He made the 2015 List of 100 Most Influential Ghanaians.
Otabil oversees the network of ministries of the International Central Gospel Church worldwide. He also serves as the senior pastor of Christ Temple, a ministry of the International Central Gospel Church. His work has centered on issues relevant to Africa, although he has spoken internationally at various conferences and churches.
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