Board Chairman of MTN Ghana, Dr Ishmael Yamson, has expressed “frustration” over the country’s sluggish tempo of improvement and blamed the state of affairs on bad management, corruption, and greed. 

In an interactive session with some younger individuals in Accra on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, he said the residing situations of individuals within the colonial period via to independence had been higher in contrast to right this moment. 

Dr Yamson, who can also be a administration marketing consultant, recalled occasions within the colonial period, the place he said his grandfather, a farmer, may sell a bag of cocoa for 13 shillings – and will use that money to fend for his 26 children, grandchildren and nephews. 

“Today all our farmers are poor,” the eighty-year-old-man said, including: “If you take the life of an average Ghanaian today, it is much worse than what I experienced.” 

“I have seen Ghana from colonial days up to today… I saw King George VI reign before Queen Elizabeth II and before we had the independence agitations, and I can tell you that life for me under colonial rule and the transition to independence and Republican was better than life for me today,” Dr Yamson said. 

His encounter with the youth on Wednesday shaped a part of activities for the 2022 Inter-Generational Dialogue under the auspices of the Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI). 

Dr Yamson talked about greed and corruption as the 2 main issues undermining the progress of the nation. 

He said the country wouldn’t develop “until we find a government that says I want to leave a legacy free of corruption and greed.” 

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