…Says It Remains Pillar of Ghana’s Progress
Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said that the social democratic system remains the preferred system of governance to propel Ghana’s and Africa’s development.
According to him, under the social democratic dispensation, there is guaranteed equality of employment, equal work for equal salary, while general development is centered on the interest of the masses and not the individual.
“I think in our part of the world, social democracy is the best for our progressive development, because, under the Social Democracy, the state provides security and equality for all, labour rights, equal work and equal salary, protect the weak and the vulnerable, promote transparency and solidarity,” he said.
Alhaji Yahaya made these observations at a ceremony to launch a book on Social Democracy, authored by Dr. William Ahadzie, Director of the Research Department of the National Democratic Congress in Accra yesterday.
It was under the theme; “Social Democracy in Africa; the Past, Present and the Future,” while the title of the 74-page book was, “Basics on Social Democracy Volume 2: African Perspective.”
The former General Secretary of the NDC argued that, since the return of multiparty democracy with the fourth republic of Ghana, the nation has progressed steadily whenever NDC takes over governance with its social ideological programmes.
He noted that a conservative capitalist system or property-owning democracy is becoming introverted, development fearful and will lead Africa doomed to failure, stating, “a progressive social democracy is needed to promote equality, social justice and protect the poor,” to eradicate the negative effects of inequality, corruption, conservatism and to overcome political austerity.”
Alhaji Yahaya said a social democratic system for Ghana’s development was crucial as it is so interrelated with the people, noting that “a social democratic government, in which NDC shared ideology, instils hope, ideas for peace, dignity and solidarity for a more developed nation.”
Professor Danso Boateng, a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, said the current state of Ghana’s political governance is sinking hopes among Ghanaians as appointments are made based on family, business partners, friends and cohorts.
He remarked that, “if today you are not a family member, a school mate or friend, you are not given national duty, so we no longer address the concerns and needs of the people,” pointing out that social democracy is not for people who use state power to enrich themselves and their relations.
He noted that, the egalitarian values of social democracy redress such structural weakness and gives hope to the people just as the NDC been doing in the country, adding the motive of the capitalist or the property-owning democracy is to appropriate wealth, using the people power.
Recalling an African proverb, he said “When you want to go fast – go alone, when you want to go far – go in company.”
It is only this way, he concluded, that we can move forward, in solidarity, and by building a social fraternity that doesn’t leave anyone behind.
Dr. William Ahadzie, the author of the book, said the fundamental principles of Social Democracy in the world is to ensure global trade is fair for all, thus ensuring equality, requiring governments’ global coordination for equality between and among nations, across class, race and gender, and to fairly distribute private wealth and reduce wage inequality in all countries.
He argued that, between the two extremes – capitalism and communism – socialism provides the ideological comfort and political progress to the nationalists to produce a fine match of capitalist and communist theories.
Dr. Ahadzie pointed out that many Afro-Nations rejected the economics of capitalism because it produced great income disparities, but accepted its political ideas of democracy, rule of law and other liberal benefits.
A portion of Ahadzie’s book states that survival of social democracy and reshaping future society remain high, because the opponents, capitalists, have failed to produce results of possibility of achieving such a mismatch provided by the socialists.
“The answer to a question on the survival of the social democratic system of social and political change in Africa is in affirmative. A number of factors point to that; these include the failure of neo-liberal policy prescriptions to dissolve poverty in post -colonial Africa.”
“The growing inequality in many African countries, the weakness of laissez faire capitalism, promotion of inclusive development, the enduring dreams of African leaders to achieve self-sufficiency and the growing social capital provided by the international socialists’ environment,” Dr. Ahadzie argued in his book.
On his part, Mr. Fritz Kopsieker, Resident Director of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Ghana, said Social Democrats typically regard government intervention as a force for good, constraining markets and engaging in redistributive efforts for the benefit of the lower classes in order to establish a more equitable society.
He stated that, some people often somewhat confusingly ally social democracy to democratic socialism, explaining social democracy addresses the issues that in less interventionist forms of capitalism, wealth inequality is passed on among generations due to inequality of opportunity, while full-on democratic socialism appears unsustainable due to the ruling party often turning authoritarian.
Currently, NDC is the only political party that has officially declared itself as the only self-described “Socialist” on the international political stage.
Kofi Attor, Director of International Relation of NDC, on his part, said this remains the pillars of national development.
These days, he said, many social democrats are largely indistinguishable from their conservative opponents, as a result of both types of parties converging on the centre of the political spectrum, which, he added, are all for development.
Mr. Attor noted that the key elements of the welfare state remain popular with the major parties, as well as the general populace, pointing out that, in recent years, overall spending on welfare policies has been slightly reduced by both centre-right and centre-left governments in a bid to decrease government deficits to enhance economic competitiveness.
The book launch ,which was held at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Accra, was attended by other bigwigs of the NDC, including Lee Ocran, Second Deputy National Chairman of NDC; Emelia Arthur, a former Presidential Staffer; Koku Anyidoho, Deputy General Secretary; Bede Ziedeng, Deputy Director of Elections; James Asante, Director of Communication, and Solomon Nkansah. National Communication Officer.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba