Former Upper East and West Regional Minister, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, recently shared an interesting anecdote about his visit to the office of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, a position he once held.
Having served as the “father of the region,” Prof. Avea, now a lecturer, explained how he decided to visit the office after many years, arriving on a motorcycle.
However, to his surprise, he was not recognized or given any special treatment, in stark contrast to his time as a regional minister, when he would cruise around in a V8 and as well receive salutes both police and workers.
Prof. Avea’s story serves as a cautionary message to power-drunk leaders who believe that their importance and influence will last forever once they are given the opportunity to represent their constituents.
Prof. Avea Nsoh Writes.
Yesterday, I was at the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) in Bolgatanga. I rode behind a motorcycle. No one noticed my arrival.
The situation would have been different if it were a few years ago when I was Regional Minister. I would have emerged out of a V8, the door opened by a police officer with an enticing salute. All staff around the compound would have run to the vehicle to greet with the broadest of smiles. Party boys & girls, contractors, relations & friends, students looking for fees etc.
None of these. Just me and my motorcycle rider. But I met a few of my staff who were very happy to see me again. So, two lessons 1) people just respected my position and not me, Prof. Avea Nsoh; 2) many of the staff I met at the office were still at post but I was long gone.
So, as appointees, we must appreciate those we meet at the office. So, the positions we occupy are just an honour done to us by Ghanaians. We must never abuse that privilege.
We must constantly remember this. And this goes for all persons working for the State of Ghana.
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