On 2 February in Dakar (Senegal), President Nana Akufo Ado stole the show with standing ovations from the public. The Ghanaian chief of state had taken back his counterparts during his passage at the podium.
Celebrated by continental press and African civil societies; in his words of truth President Nana Akufo Ado has more than tackled Emmanuel Macron and Macky Sall, because for him, no country should depend on others to finance its education.
“We cannot depend on others to finance the education of our countries,” a surprised President Nana AKufo-Addo questioning the soundness of the organization of the conference on the financing of the global partnership on education, he told the audience clearly. “I do not say it to turn my back on these many donors who support us, but if our policy depends on other donors, if their policy is reformed, we will suffer.”
Clearly, for the Ghanaian president whose country has already implemented, free education in colleges and high schools, Africa has funds to finance it education sector. Only these resources in most countries of the continent are volatilized through corruption and capital flight. “The funds are available on our continent. We have plenty of it, if we eliminate the corruption of our continent, if we organize ourselves to have more promising and attractive arrangements to exploit our resources “. He pointed out, recalling in passing, the Mbeki Panel during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU, which revealed that every year during the last ten years, “fifty (50) billion US dollars are sent out of Africa through illicit channels”.
“Imagine what these funds could have been use for if we had not been inactive in the face of this flight of capital. We must organize to ensure that the continent’s wealth is used to serve the people of the continent and not elsewhere. If we bridge this gap, we will come back to Dakar to discuss Education, but we will not talk about funding. It is time for us to change our state of mind. We have the capacity in us to grow and promote the interest of our continent ourselves.” He said
It should be noted that President Nana Kudo Ado had come to the podium after President Mouhammadou Issifou of Niger, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali as well as Presidents Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Faso; Idriss Déby of Chad and Touadéra of the Central African Republic. The conference opened Friday under strong social tensions in Dakar.