Focus on home-grown strategy rather than economic blueprints from the World Market- Daasebre Oti Boateng to chiefs & government
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Focus on home-grown strategy rather than economic blueprints from the World Market- Daasebre Oti Boateng to chiefs & government


By Jerry Akornor /+233 244731951/jerryjohnakornor@yahoo.com 


Omanhene (Paramount Chief) of New Juaben Traditional Area and Chancellor of All Nations University Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng has called on traditional authorities and governments of Africa to immediately scale up focus on home-grown strategy rather than economic blueprints from the World Market.

 Daasebre on his seat at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Wednesday 26th May 2021.


His latest call comes at the period most leaders of Africa including Ghana are struggling to revive their economy after they were hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with its devastating impacts to lives and national economy. In view of this, most African countries including Ghana had to rely on Rapid Credit Facility, subventions, donations, grants from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to contain the unbearable shocks of infectious Covid-19.

Daasebre Prof (Emeritus) Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area Emphasising a Point at the Open Forum


Director General of Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick  Kuma-Aboagye has this week revealed that 85% of 350,000 doses of Astrazeneka vaccines has been utilised with the World Bank Manager Agata Pawlowski pledging to assist government of Ghana to procure more doses of vaccines.

Hon. Seth Acheampong, Eastern Regional Minister Giving the Purpose of the Meeting


Speaking at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs meeting on Wednesday 26 May 2021 in Koforidua, the former Government Statistician Daasebre Oti Boateng insists "The current global consensus on development favours a Home-Grown Strategy rather than economic blueprints from the World Market. Our traditional governance system has a potential role  in the socio-economic, environmental and geo-political development of our dear nation which is yet to be harnessed for sustainable community development after 64 years of independence".

Daasebre Oti Boateng (left) with Okotwaasuo Kantamanto Oworae Agyekum.


According to the former Eastern Regional House of Chiefs' President, the "award-winning Root-based development (RBD) model was creatively designed for the traditional states to play a complementary role to Government and the private sector in sustainable community development in Africa. The approach aims at  building the capacities of citizens in various traditional areas to unleash their  productive potential to improve themselves and to contribute to community and national development. Such enlightened citizenry provides ready support for improved business ventures and sustainable wealth creation to benefit the traditional areas in particular and the nation as a whole".

Group Photo of the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources with Daasebre Oti Boateng and Some Queenmothers in the Eastern Region.


He noted that : "his innovative approach permits the government to tap into the vast network of community-based information system established by the model’s institutional set-up across the country for mutually beneficial effects".

Lawyer Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources delivering his address 

Meanwhile, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abu Jinapor has solicited the supports of Nananom (Chiefs) in government's avowed fight against galamsey. 

Hon Minister for Lands and Natural 
Resources Delivering his Address.  Looking on are,  (from left), Nene Sakite II, President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, and the Eastern Regional Minister.


Announcing the decentralisation of the enforcement regime in the mining sector, Mr. Abu Jinapor affirmed that the cooperation of Nananom (chiefs) is crucial to winning the battle against long-existing irresponsible and illegal mining which is threatening the very survival of the nation.

Paramount Chiefs at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs (from right) Nana Akuamoah Agyepong, Okwahumanhene; Nana Osei Nyarko III, Omanhene of Boso-Gua; Okotwaasuo Kantamanto Oworae Agyekum, Omanhene of Akyem Bosome; Daasebre Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben.


Contributing to the debate, Nananom pointed out that there has been substantial disconnect between traditional rulers and the governance structure where quite often Nananom were not aware of the central government’s activities in their respective areas. 

Nene Sakite II, President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, who Delivered the Welcome Address.


Nananom welcomed and supported the partnership initiative. It was emphasised that a root-based approach of remedy to problem involving community citizens at the grassroots could lead to a sustainable long-term solution.


BELOW IS THE PAPER PRESENTED BY OMANHENE (PARAMOUNT CHIEF) OF NEW JUABEN TRADITIONAL AREA DAASEBRE PROF. (EMERITUS) OTI BOATENG AT EASTERN REGIONAL HOUSE OF CHIEFS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 26TH MAY 2021 ON THE TOPIC: THE BENEFITS OF THE ROOT-BASED DEVELOPMENT MODEL TO TRADITIONAL AREAS & GOVERNMENT: 


The current global consensus on development favours a Home-Grown Strategy rather than economic blueprints from the World Market. Our traditional governance system has a potential role  in the socio-economic, environmental and geo-political development of our dear nation which is yet to be harnessed for sustainable community development after 64 years of independence.


The award-winning Root-based development (RBD) model was creatively designed for the traditional states to play a complementary role to Government and the private sector in sustainable community development in Africa. 

The approach aims at  building the capacities of citizens in various traditional areas to unleash their  productive potential to improve themselves and to contribute to community and national development. Such enlightened citizenry provides ready support for improved business ventures and sustainable wealth creation to benefit the traditional areas in particular and the nation as a whole.


This innovative approach permits the government to tap into the vast network of community-based information system established by the model’s institutional set-up across the country for mutually beneficial effects.


Collaboration with the root-based institutions:


a) provides government with genuine grassroots inputs before taking decisions affecting the communities thus ensuring that government policies are in line with the needs and interests of the communities and the national development agenda.


b) assists in a more efficient dissemination of government development policies in the country as a whole.


c) promotes sustainable community progress and development which sum-up into prosperity and progress of the whole nation with active community involvement.


d) promotes peace and security where the Root-based institutions  entrenched on the ground can alert the government to settle emerging and difficult problems detected in their respective areas before they degenerate into security threats.


The model establishes a THIRD SECTOR, known as the CITIZENS SECTOR, to provide the basic Community Planning and Governance Framework for effective public and private sector partnership in sustainable community development and investments in Africa.


The Citizens Sector is a partnership enterprise between Traditional Leaders, Citizens and the Community to move the community from consummative development purposes to investment-driven community development planning support. It is again to shift the community from charity-recipient mentality to a communal development reality and to recognize development as a community internally-generated process and not an externally importable product for consumption.


The Traditional Areas,  as integral part of the Citizens Sector within the RBD framework, would have the basic capacity to partner Government and other stakeholders for a more meaningful development engagement.


With the adoption of the model, Africa’s development landscape would now boast of three key partners; Public, Private and the Citizens Sectors, nestled within Traditional Jurisdictions instead of the current imported dual public-private partnership.


With a well-implemented community development model replicated throughout the traditional areas in Africa and the communities therein, poverty, insecurity and inequalities in the entire continent would be substantially reduced.


The RBD Model revolutionises development thinking by creating an innovative development order for the economic liberation of Africa and regions of emerging economies. It is a new development order to move Ghana and Africa beyond dependency.


A 378-page book on the implementation strategy titled “IMPLEMENTING THE ROOT-BASED DEVELOPMENT - CONNECTING COMMUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW JUABEN STATE OF GHANA ” has been published by the writer and is available at Amazon. Subsidised copies of the book will be available at the Registry of the New Juaben Traditional Council by 16th June 2021.

Daasebre on his seat at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Wednesday 26th May 2021.

Daasebre is the first African to chair the United Nations Statistical Commission in 1987.

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