GHANA: COVID-19 – LET’S PARTNER TO PROMOTE INDIGENOUS MEDICINES – DAASEBRE PROF. EMERITUS OTI BOATENG TELLS INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO GHANA

By Jerry John Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana

Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area and Former Government’s statistitian, Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng, has urged Indian High Commissioner to Ghana H.E. Suganadh Rajaram to immediately partner Root-based institutions in New Juaben Traditional Area to promote indigenous herbs and medicines as a source of exports and foreign exchange. 

Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng’s call comes at the period the world is battling for vaccines to combat Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. According to him, promotion of such indigenous herbal development are known to have the dual positive impact on the national economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings and the basic health profile of the communities within the country.

Speaking during a courtesy call paid on Daasebre at his Palace in the Eastern Region by the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana H.E. Suganadh Rajaram on 31 January 2021, Daasebre Prof Emeritus Oti Boateng said “Within the Root-based development framework, Traditional Areas would have the capacity to partner Government and other stakeholders for  more meaningful development engagement. It is within this partnership framework that the Root-based institutions in New Juaben  would like to cooperate with similar entities in India in the development and promotion of indigenous herbs as sources of medicine and export”.

He noted that “promotion of such indigenous herbal development are known to have the dual positive impact on the national economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings and the basic health profile of the communities within the country”.

Meanwhile, the former United Nations Statistical Commission Chairman Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng has revealed contributions of New Juaben to community development governance in Ghana.

“Your Excellency, on July 12, 2019, the New Juaben Traditional Council took a momentous decision to implement the award-winning Root-based Development Model (RBM), developed by the speaker, which offers a credible alternative to address  development problems, particularly in Africa and regions of emerging economies”.

According to Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng, the Root-based Model introduces the concept of building sustainable community development from the bottom-up approach to ensure that the citizenship within the communities become the resource base and centre of sustainable development. It also addresses the importance of harmonising the traditions and culture of the indigenous people integrated with modern approaches as the basis of sustainable community development and governance. 

RBM introduces the new concept of development which goes  beyond economic growth and other income-related variables to include the three core-values of life sustenance, self-esteem and freedom. It defines the basis of the Citizens Sector, introduced in the model, as the key sector for citizens-led community development that would play an effective complementary and partnership role to Government and the Private Sector in community development.  The model provides enormous benefits to all the three sectors – public, private and citizens sectors, – as well as the implementing Traditional States in a win-win scenario.

Ultimately, the Root-based development model is to serve as the basis for a new community development order in Ghana, Africa and regions of growing economies. In effect, it is a home-grown model which seeks to empower community development beyond aid to attain self-security, self-reliance, self-determination and self-sufficiency. The book on Implementing the Root-based Development, is now available at Amazon.

“Your Excellency, it is my humble postulation that the award-winning Root-based Development Model holds the real key to the economic liberation of Africa and all regions of emerging economies”.

Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng has presented his 2-4 book trilogy- Development in Unity Volumes 1, 2 and 3 to the Indian High Commissioner, the Akwantukese book to the Indian High Commissioner,  UN Statistical Commission booklet which honours him and 32 other distinguished chairpersons of the Commission to the Indian High Commissioner. H.E. Suganadh Rajaram, India High Commissioner to Ghana after accepting the presentations has also presented a magnificently illustrated volume, Lands of the Himalayas, to Daasebre Oti Boateng.

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