The Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng, has described the Graphic Communications Group Ltd’s (GCGL’s) Regional Spotlight as the spark plug required to set the Eastern Region on the path of development.
“Today’s launch of the Regional Spotlight means so much to me as a leading advocate for a new home-grown development order for Ghana and Africa,” he said.
Daasebre Oti Boateng, who was speaking at the launch of the GCGL’s Eastern Regional Spotlight, a supplement dedicated to developmental stories from only the Eastern Region, said “development is the beauty of leadership and the signpost of our collective commitment and aspiration as a people”.
He described the launch as an occasion to mainstream the Eastern Region into the orbit of national media development surveillance.
“The spotlight is here to provide the missing link between development surveillance and leadership accountability in the region. It is a wake-up call and a litmus test for leadership in the region,” he said.
Root-based development approach
The Omanhene also spoke about his internationally acclaimed Root-based Development model (r-BED), which he said had the potential to significantly reduce corruption and set the nation on the path to development.
He announced that the home-grown Pan-African development model would be launched on November 20, 2019 with the institution of the first Traditional Area Development Day in Traditional Festivals in Africa as part of this year’s Akwantukese Festival.
He explained that the root-based model, an evolving African Development Consensus version, akin to the Washington Consensus and the Mumbai Consensus, had been creatively designed for traditional states of Africa to play a supplementary role to government and the private sector in sustainable community development and parachute lessons for the rest of the world.
“The unique selling point of the Pan-African root-based model is that it introduces a third sector, which is the Citizens Sector, based on citizen-community-traditional authority partnership as a complement to the existing public and private sector players in Africa’s development landscape for the effective mobilisation of citizens’capital towards sustainable community development,” Daasebre Oti Boateng added.
He said it was against that background that the launch of the Regional Spotlight as a development surveillance medium for the region was timely and pragmatically spot-on to promote the adoption, implementation, replication and surveillance of a definite development regime in the region.
The root-based development model embraces the media to promote its implementation through community development surveillance.