Ghana has always been a symbol of African’s promise but it continues to have the reflection of the pitfall of the continent’s post independence era
Ghana which was formerly known as the Gold Coast, gain its independence on 6 March 1957and the action was led by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.On 1 July 1960, Ghana became a commonwealth republic with Nkrumah as the first President of the country.
Ghana was the first black African nation in the region to achieve independence from a colonial power.
Another memorable day is here again. Ghana on today marks its 65th years after independence.
Ironically, many people do not know the fundamentals of our independence and the few who know something little about it perhaps can only talk about Ghana gaining its freedom from the British colony in 6th March, 1957.
As a youth activist, i think the core value of our independence is defeated. Am only saying this because we as Ghanaians mark the day as a festival without carefully analyzing the legacies and brain behind our historical events.
As a writer, I keep on asking myself these questions
What has Ghana been able to achieved after gaining independence from the British?
As today, marking the 65 years of independence proven to be evident enough on what Dr Kwame Nkrumah said “Black man is capable of managing his own affairs”?
What does Ghana needs to celebrates on its 65 years of independence?
To further elaborate my questions, I therefore ask every citizen that;
Are we celebrating the percentage rate of the country's labor force that are without jobs but are available to work and actively seeking for employment or the current reluctance on the part of investors which could have been caused by new laws and regulations which are viewed as potentially detrimental to investment. Further obstacles to investment are bureaucratic hurdles, uncertainties relating to the acquisition of land and to the enforcement of legal claims, and the lack of fully trained workers and adequate transport infrastructure. The World Bank report "Doing Business 2018", which assesses the business climate in 190 countries, placed Ghana at number 120, far below its ranking in previous years.
Are we celebrating the current debt of the country which is projected to be GH₵341.76billion, or 77.8% of GDP; up from 54.2% at the end of 2017. This means that every adult Ghanaian citizen (18+ years) is indebted to Ghana’s creditors to the tune of about GH₵19,000. The total debt stock represents over 494% of total domestic revenue and over 617% of tax revenue.
Are we celebrating the international poverty rate of our country as of 2021 which was forecasted at 11.3%
Are we celebrating the level of Corruption which as been a major problem, particularly in the government, the police and the judiciary. On the Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International, Ghana is ranked 81st out of the 180 countries rated.
Are we celebrating the increased in fuel prices or the 30% increment on transport fares or maybe we are celebrating the policy of the government to introduce e-levy as a quest in saving our economy or the wrestlemania event we are witnessing in our current parliament
What are we celebrating as a country on our 65years of independence?
Writer: JULIUS SOWAH
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