Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has admonished the New Patriotic Party to employ strategists and thinkers who will serve as backroom staff to enable the the party stay in power for long.
According to him, such people must be paid well and made to develop extensive roadmap and short, medium and long term strategies for the sustenance of the NPP’s future.
“It has taken quite a long time for us to come into government. And now that we have it and there is so much to do, unfortunately the term of office is so short, we must keep on winning perhaps three, four five times, before the roots will go deep and we become the party of the nation,” he said.
For this to be possible, Kufuor said “we must have full time back room very professional thinkers and workers.”
“The back room people don’t tend to be too good on platforms, that’s the profession of politicians like us but invariably behind us we’ve got the backroom people working for us. It’s the same in government. So the party headquarters must be equipped with such full timers. They must be paid well and their role is just to sit and think and strategize for us. They will be strengthening the party’s future. We talk of sustainability these days and I think the way to get to it is to get so professional in the back room,” he added.
The former President made the call when he was speaking at the Annual National Delegates Conference of the NPP at Cape Coast on Saturday.
“We should never forget that in current times we are in the era of technocracy; the digital age. You may be a democrat alright but if you do not know the dynamics of the time, you talk democracy and at the end of the day your economy might be faltering, you may not be able to do the necessary social interventions to ensure equality of opportunity that is also part of our DNA. So my prayer is that when the party retires into detailed deliberations the party will see how we will balance democracy with technocracy,” he added.
He also urged the party to be united and solve any issue they have internally.
The Conference themed: “NPP, delivering on our promises, our roots, our strength, our future” is to help the party to among other things take stock of its achievements in the last few years.