OPINION: Can something really be fixed in Ghana?

A photo of Jubilee House
A photo of Jubilee House

A Ghanaian citizen and teacher by profession Mr. Orlando Sammy Bansah has quizzed the governance system in the country in his latest article with the caption “Can something really be fixed in Ghana?”

In the statement, Mr. Bansah believes that, the aspirations and expectations of Ghanaians were highest in the period leading to 2000 elections till now, but unfortunately, our leaders could not meet the targets set for themselves and the country at large.

He further argued that, as a realist, in his own opinion, he thinks Ghanaians are expecting too much from politicians because they have hardly any workable solutions to problems confronting us.

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According to him, it is obvious that, the fundamentals are nonexistent and so the politicians are only struggling to manage the situation. There are lots of things that the politicians can attempt to improve but they don’t have what it takes to fix problems permanently.

He added that, as an individual, he is more than convinced that we don’t even have resources to maintain our democracy.

Linking the back and forth of the country’s governance system since 2000 till date, he said, there’s nothing that can be changed if our leaders, citizens especially politicians don’t change their ways of doing things. “Lots of people have started gathering hope that things will be better after 2024 elections.” He said.

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He also put out a strong defense by asking series of questions connecting them with realities instead of myths in advancing his argument.

“The Blackman is capable of handling his own affairs”. Our predicament surely took roots from this mentality. While the whites are progressing in a straightline manner, moving forward in improving things or inventing new ones, we are rotating in a circle. Clearly, Ghana is not established on any foundation. We have continued to castigate each of the two political parties at various times for our sociopolitical upheavals but the truth as it’s showing glaringly this time again is that our future as a country is very bleak to put it charitably.” He explained.

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“Who says there is a workable solution to youth unemployment? If we have, why do we have trained teachers and nurses idling in their homes even though schools and medical facilities need personnel?”

“Who says we can have a solution to machinery and technical equipment to facilitate industrial growth? If the revenue from cocoa export can only buy a couple of V8s, at what time will the revenue from cocoa exports going to better the lives of people living in cocoa producing areas to the extent of affecting living standards in this country?”

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“What has actually changed significantly since the discovery of oil in Ghana in 2007? Have the people’s lives been improved since we started exporting crude oil? Can we perfectly use the free SHS to justify the use of petroleum revenues?”

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“The list of questions is very long but that of the answers is very short. Today, I’m more than convinced that we don’t even have resources to maintain our democracy. The four-year election cycle is too expensive to maintain by the state. The fact is that the government of Ghana cannot pay the cost of the elections instantly if not spreading it over a year or more! We must be happy that there was not a second round in 2020.”

“Lots of people have started gathering hope that things will be better after 2024 elections. Unfortunately, the aspirations and expectations of Ghanaians were highest in the period leading to 2000 elections. As a realist, I think we are expecting too much from politicians because they have hardly any workable solutions. Obviously, the fundamentals are nonexistent and so the politicians are only struggling to manage the situation. Or can somebody tell me that a day will come in our lifetime that there will be no schools under trees in Ghana? Who wants to say that one day, there will be paved roads everywhere in Ghana? Perhaps one day every community will have a standard medical facility in it.”

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“There are lots of things that the politicians can attempt to improve but they don’t have what it takes to fix problems permanently.
By the way, has the hefty ex-gratia windfall been dashed out to its beneficiaries? Was it reduced from the GH¢600,000.00 or more?”

“Let’s  face some facts here. Our political culture cannot engender the kind of development we desire. The give-and-take democracy is not only deceitful but wasteful. A lot of resources are thrown into clientelist ventures and programmes which are only aimed at catching the voters’ eye. We cannot leave out our poor attitudes as contributing to our underdevelopment. Corruption has been praised enough. What about laziness and numerous children by poor people? Countries that are great and are doing well are industrial giants. Exporting crude oil or cocoa or gold will never give us the comforts we are craving for. We must at least manufacture half of what we are importing now, otherwise this agitation about FixTheCountry will remain a piece of entertainment.”

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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