Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng’s last Interview: Advocates new development model

The Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Kobby Asmah, recently had an exclusive interview with the late former government and global Statistician, academic and the Omanhene (paramount chief) of the New Juaben Traditional Area in the Eastern Region, Daasebre Prof. Oti Boateng, at his palace, on his roots-based model of development for the country and Africa as a whole.

The model places a lot of premium on inclusivity rather than exclusivity. Prof Oti Boateng sadly passed away on August 9, last month after 29 years as Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area.
Below are excerpts of the interview.

Kobby Asmah: You have spoken a lot about how Ghana and by extension Africa can quicken its pace of development. One key panacea you have not shied away from and consistently endorsed is the roots-based development plan you have developed for Ghana and indeed for the entire African continent. All along, Ghana and Africa have largely been following the Western model of development.

Why the root based model? Can you please expatiate a bit on this development model that you always espouse?

Daasebre Oti Boateng: The roots-based model has been developed because the Western model has not worked for Africa. It is alien for Africa because it is winner takes all and again it is each man for himself and God for us all. So, I have developed this roots-based model, which includes all the citizens. It is all about inclusivity rather than exclusivity.
It involves all communities in the development process; it doesn’t leave anybody behind.
Remember, development is for all of us. It is not for any section of the people. It is not for the government alone. The government alone cannot do it. The government needs the support of the citizens of the community.

Kobby Asmah: What are the fundamental underpinnings of this model?

Daasebre Oti Boateng: There are three sectors in the roots-based development — the private sector, the government, then the citizens; so, you have three pillars to support the root based development in equal parts.
That is why we have got the community development to support government and the private sector.

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