The debate going around after the completion of this $80 million project has been centred on who deserves the praise for the completion of the project. Some have been of the view that the president should acknowledge the former president for initiating the project during his administration. Both members of the two major political parties want the credit to be given to them.
This is one of the reasons why most projects of a previous government are left to rot by the incumbent government. These political parties would rather watch a project go unfinished and rot than to complete it so some of the “praise” could go to their political rivals. This attitude is not going to and will never help the country. I must say there are also some valid reasons why some projects are left unfinished. Martin J. Williams, an Associate Professor in Public Management, Blavatnik of Government at the University of Oxford published a research article titled “Unfinished development projects in Ghana: Mechanising collective choice” (I urge you all to read it). In this article, he listed corruption, collective choice failures and some other relevant points as the reasons why most projects go unfinished. I believe one very important point he left was with this “praise” issue.
The incumbent government, no matter how good they are working always have the next election in mind. They have this blur view that if they should complete a project started by the ousted administration, the recognition due them would be shared with their rivals. Many projects are left undone until the government that started it, returns to power to complete it. The Ghanaian people suffer at the end because of these choices. Some people’s life may even depend on the completion of the projects. We can use an unfinished hospital as a case study.
This attitude should be done away with by our leaders. I do not care who gets the praise for completing a project. Just finish the project and let the citizens have access to it.
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