Broacast journalist, Jonnie Hughes of TV3 has questioned why some opponents of the controversial LGBT+ bill are raising issues of the possibility of losing aid when the government, led by President Akufo-Addo have been championing the mantra of "Ghana beyond aid".
The Member of Parliament for the Old Tafo constituency, Ekow Vicent in a discussion on the subject matter argued that Ghana risk losing aid that could help the country recover from the ravaging impacts of the covid-19 pandemic. He added that making criminalization of LGBTQ+ a topical issue in difficult times like this is a misplaced priority because there are much more important issues to be addressed including unemployment.
A staunch member of the NPP, Mr Gabby Otchere Asare-Darko had also expressed similar views on his Facebook page yesterday. According to the private legal practitioner, the only purpose the bill seekng to criminalise LGBT+ will achieve is to get Ghana blacklisted. He noted that the laws of Ghana have already criminalise suchs practices.
However, Mr Johnnie Hughes could not understand why a country that is interested in reducing over reliance on aid should be bordered so much about losing same.
There is no doubt criminalization of LGBTQ+ will have social, economic and political implications for Ghana. The possibility of the country being denied loans and and grants from the international community most of whom are pro LGBTQ+ cannot be overemphasized. Clearly, Ghana is at a crossroads.
Nonetheless, this can be seen as an opportunity for Ghana to begin working towards achieving economic independence through judicious utilization of the available resources. Corruption and economic mismanagement must be brought to the barest minimum. Infrastructural investment and industrialization must be given all the needed attention. Citizens must also be encouraged to consume locally produced goods so as to expand the existing market and boost production.
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