Leadership is a very sensitive but central thing for the progress, harmony and development of every society. Getting the mandate to lead is not the ultimate but the ability to positively influence majority of the people for the general good of society. This requires interrelated skills and careful understanding of the people. Across the globe, we have read political literature focusing on various charismatic who have led people for freedom through rigorous and risky long revolutionary path. Mention can be made of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Abraham Lincoln of America and many others. However, many hitherto great leaders tend to lose their “saint accolades” years after having the opportunity to serve the people. No matter what, once you are in power, you are unlikely to meet the expectation of all. Other times, those in power tend to forget their own struggle path may be changed completely by circumstances unappreciative by the masses. Perhaps, this narrative is a justification to the statement of former president Agyekum Kufuor that “power can trick”.

Any individual who after serving his people, remains lovable and largely unblemished is obviously a natural leader with the extreme charisma to lead.
In the Upper West Region specifically the Wa municipality, a certain young man by name Nuhu Issahaku Putiaha has distinguished himself by carving a niche for himself among the comity of political leaders. Many who know this gentleman give testimony of his humility, respect, tolerance and results oriented.

Hon Nuhu Putiaha, when he was appointed the Wa municipal chief executive, received thunderous support. This is so because, at the time, the municipality was bedeviled with numerous developmental predicaments largely escalated by a seeming leadership conundrum. Expectations were extremely high.

Indeed, Nuhu Putiaha tackled the developmental challenges with aggressiveness and alacrity. Within, the shortest possible time, smiles with put in the faces of vast majority of the people. The changing lives, transforming Ghana agenda was simplified with a reality benchmarks. Road infrastructure was expanded, portable water expanded, electricity extended among others. If I had the power today, I would have named one of the traffic light installed in different locations to befit the status of the capital, after this young man who left that unprecedented achievement in the history of the municipality. His aggressive approach to the development of the municipality earned the accolade “ACTION MAN” which is now a household name in the Upper West Region. His was the main brain behind sanitation day which was later adopted as a national monthly routine exercise. Such an innovative leader.

Aside these, he was and is still very supportive to the youth of the party and the development of the party at large.

We can't gamble with sensitive positions if we really want to fight back strongly. We have loss almost half of our parliamentary seats. To reverse this embarrassing misfortune, we need to let well bold and high spirited comrades with practical experience in grassroot mobilisation, lead us. Enough of the lamentation, enough of tribal sentiments, it is time for work and THE ACTION MAN is ready to lead NDC to the battle field.

To be continued .....

Denis Andaban

Author: Denis Andaban

Denis Andaban is a young writer and practising journalist. He is also a young teacher who has an unrepentant passion for writing. He has written feature articles ranging from politics, social issues, academic and relationship. He also writes news for many online media portals. Currently, He is reading B A English Language Education at the University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi. Denis Andaban is a native of Fian in the Upper West Region

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