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I disagree with Akufo-Addo over his comments in Spain

TsaliG
By TsaliG | self meida writer
Published 10 days ago - 2188 views

The “Focus Africa 2023” conference was currently held in Madrid, Spain and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo was among the various speakers at the forum. In a bid to woo foreign investors to the West African country, the president of the republic of Ghana outlined the serenity of the Ghanaian environment and the unmatched nature of the peace the country currently enjoys. “As most of you know, Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability, indeed, the safest country in West Africa, where legitimate investments are protected. We have witnessed through the ballot box , three (3) peaceful transfers of power from one political party to another in the twenty-eight (28) year period of the 4th republic” the president stated.

Even though the words of the president should be soothing to the ears of the people of Ghana, I beg to differ because I feel that the leaders of the country are constantly resorting to the use of self aggrandizement to divert the lenses of criticism from the shortcomings of the leadership of the country. I am forced to question the president’s definition of peace and safety because from where I stand, I am not sure if Ghana is worthy of all the self praise that our leaders shower on us to make us feel like we are doing the most of nothing. Ghana has come of age and if we are still where we are today, it is not because we have made the most of nothing but the least of the much we are given.

In order to truly achieve a state of peace, one must trust that his or her security, shelter, source of food and health are reliable. The question therefore is: “How does the average Ghanaian feel about these basic requirements of life?” Ghana’s health system is no doubt among the poorest in the world with the country’s major hospitals lacking basic hospital equipment and even beds. The banking sector has been exposed to be among the most unreliable with a current clean up exercise that resulted in the closure of most private owned banks in the country and a consequent lock up of investors’ funds. Murders of prominent individuals like Ahmed Suale remain unsolved by the security agencies of the country while the nature of the country’s roads are nothing to write home about. So what exactly makes Ghana worthy of all the self praise?

As the president busily woos foreign investors at the forum in Spain, indigenous Ghanaian businesses face collapse even under the New Patriotic Party’s umbrella of capitalism due to what some describe as unprecedented economic hardship. Politics aside, the figures from Ghana’s economic sector are on a downward spiral yet the president is insistent on keeping even the most non-performing ministers from his first term in office. Today, the only thing Ghana can truly boast of being first of in Sub Sahara Africa is attaining independence from our colonial masters. However, the over-hyped peace and tranquility that is constantly advertised by our leaders to the world is in no way being felt by the average Ghanaian. One truth we do not want to face as a country is the ticking time bomb we sit so majestically on. The average Ghanaian worker is inwardly frustrated by the inactivity of the department of labour as employers trample on their rights and deny them privileges due them and instead of finding lasting solutions to their grievances, our leaders and even the media is more focused on the ‘politics of the day.’ It is just a matter of time before these workers become radicalized by their constant deteriorating state.

The fact that Ghana has experienced three successful transfers of power between the country’s two major political parties namely the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic party, does not in any way make Ghana the haven our president has defined. As a matter of fact, we as a country are nowhere near that status and the earlier our leaders admit to this fact, the earlier we can start building towards achieving that fate. Ghana is among the most gifted nations on earth. It is therefore important for the citizenry to put pressure on the country’s leadership to invest wisely in the country’s future. Forgive me therefore when I say I disagree with the president’s statement on Ghana’s status at the Forum in Madrid.

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