Archbishop Duncan Williams, General Overseer of the Action Faith Chapel International, has questioned the rationale behind successive government’s decision to go after Ghanaian companies that are competing with foreign entities, ABC News can report.
Archbishop Duncan Williams insisted that the manner in which governments attempt to put several hurdles and impediments in the way of indigenous Ghana businesses makes him wonder whether or not there is genuine interest to see local businesses flourish.
To buttress his point, the Archbishop of the Action Faith Chapel International, pointed to the treatment of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, an indigenous Ghanaian waste management company by successive governments.
He believes the posture of governments and their appointees smacks of envy and jealousy which makes them try to thwart the growth of such companies.
“I don’t want to be political but if you look at people like Zoomlion and others, Zoomlion is a Ghanaian, but every government that has come will go after Zoomlion because they don’t understand why a Ghanaian should make it that big,” he said
“The level of insecurity, jealousy, and envy in this country is amazing. Our political system is designed to enhance jealousy and envy. We have become a society of bringing down one another,” he added.
He said it is characteristic of Ghanaian politician to engage the services of foreigners rather than give local enterprises the chance to develop and blossom.
“They prefer to cut deal with foreigners and let foreigners take our inheritance and give us crumbs and peanuts rather than to make deals with a Ghanaian,” the Action Champel Archbishop retorted.
Unlike in Ghana, he hailed the system developed by the Nigerians saying that they, Nigerians, appreciate their local entities and give them the support they need to grow into multinational organisations.
This, in part, the Archbishop observed, has created generational wealth, something he says is lacking in Ghana.
“If you look at this country we don’t have second and third generational wealth. The Nigerian government made sure one of their own rise to become a household name.
“Nigeria came up with policies to help one of their own to become huge and greater than foreigners,” he averred.
Archbishop Duncan Williams wasn’t pleased with the effect the banking sector reforms have had on indigenous banks noting that it is disappointing not to see local banks adhering to the rules of the regulator and growing to serve the nation.
He remarked, “I am not talking for any bank but I am saying that at least after 62years, there should one bank fulfilling the rules, compliance, doing the right things and succeeding.
“I don’t speak for any bank, I don’t serve any bank, I am just somebody who loves my country,” he remarked amidst applause from his congregation.