Ghana Musings

So what is this I hear of scandals and fraudulent activities that have fraught our nation like we have stirred some hornets’ nest. In a country where we believed we could handle our own affairs after independence, I think we have done pretty woefully in comparison to countries in Asia for example that were in ‘our league’.

There is the argument that these countries find themselves in a different environment than ours and it is these surrounding factors that helped their development. But would they have developed if they didn’t have or hadn’t set policies in place coupled with some national sacrifice and dedication that has paid off over the years.

I always make an example of the Chinese under Chairman Mao or Cuba under Castro when these strong leaders carried their nations and left lasting legacies now. These countries are now world leaders in trade, industry and commerce among other activities.
Now come to African and why are we different.

African policy makers do not even study the terrain before they set policies. Politicians in Africa are largely egomaniac and selfish interests pervade their every thought and action.

Now case in point is in Ghana with the Mahama government and the initiatives that were put in motion for the acceleration of development of the country.

On paper, these programs such as GYEEDA, SADA, etc are logically sound. But what happens?

Scandals have rocked these programs with the misappropriation of funds. You should hear how the people of Tamale berate the authorities of SADA.

On a radio program one caller was furious and shouting that the program handlers were in cohorts with each other and had shared the money that was to be used to develop their own communities for themselves.

Indeed enough has been said of the SADA fiasco on social media that I won’t beat a flailing horse any farther. Sad issue indeed!

It baffles me how an infosystems company which is tasked to find info solutions to a monolithic office cabinet system ends up becoming a motorbike procuring company. What is happening in this country?

This is just one of the questions I keep asking myself with events that are occurring in this country. Interestingly there are more people questioning than me and I think that is probably the reason why I have stopped listening to the news and the radio.

Why wouldn’t I when the media has also become very unreliable in the sort of information they disseminate.

How did a whole television station, the purported ‘pulse of the nation’ (the nation would have been dead a long time ago since the pulse has been weak) grant an interview to a Nobel prize winning fraudster based on a few photoshopped pictures.

In this era of Google and internet where even ‘kayayei’ have a website, did it not occur to anybody to check that a prestigious institution and body such as the Nobel prize giving authority will have a list of winners?

Back when I lived in the capital, I used to listen to the world news channels such as BBC and Aljazeera early in the morning and I physically had bags of Annapurna salt sitting in basket on the side of the television where I was sitting. I practically and literally take all news with a bag of salt.

On those mornings it was nice tweeting with my comrade in arms at the 2BN in Apremdo in Takoradi who was up at the same time to keep up with the news from around the world and we had fun.

But who is to blame the African press when even some western media take what is a hoax from Africa and publish it as worthy news because of the image they have of Africa. If sometimes they don’t verify their stories even with their rigid systems of verification then what happens to us?

Now another thing that baffles me is whether it is mediocrity or gullibility or both.

It is true in all cases that Ghanaians are very gullible and I won’t waste time providing evidence of the gullibility. Fauster’s issue is not an isolated case but it reminds me of a stool regent who flashed a few doctorate degrees and evidence of higher education which upon a closer look were only a screen and not wholly true. The man bent the truth a little and then we made him a rector of an academic university.

Oh Ghana!

But let us not go too far. Let us examine the sort of people we choose to make out laws and also the appointees to facilitate government policy and programs to the masses.

Mediocrity is the order of the day. Cases in point are the Twea DCE, MPs and ministers who can’t even prove they attended school because floods have swept away certificates, some can’t even recite the national anthem, poor English articulation hence how do we not expect a government functionary to attribute the depreciating cedi against the dollar to superstitious dwarfs whilst another in economic brilliance attributes it to the increase of high rise buildings in the capital.

Now another political appointee is cutting down trees in a natural forest reserve that has been there for years because it is his absolute belief that it is the only spot he can build the district assembly. For all we know this district assembly will be a white elephant like most government projects we have seen in the past.

But really, what is this country coming to? Now there is another charlatan on social media claiming to be a British prince and heir to a monarchy, Justice Pastor Reuben Sackey, Grand Duke of Atuakofiland in Ghana (check him out on Facebook).

Have Ghanaians become that gullible that anybody takes us for granted?

It is high time we started questioning the kind of things we see and hear because the resources are available to check. Internet resource is available and data is relatively cheap in comparison to the level of gullibility and egg yolk on your face when you are seen to have been taken for a ride.

As for me, I have said my piece and I rest my case.

We have to blame ourselves and like I always say it begins with YOU!

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4 Responses to “Ghana Musings”

  1. I hope that the people of Ghana, even in the most trying of times would not fall for such a blatant lie as that told by the supposed pastor. It is unfortunate that people use religion for their own gains.

    I am interested in helping identify those in Ghana and other countries who hurt the many projects that groups such as mine are trying to do because valuable assets are given to these people who are only interested in themselves and have no capability of actually helping.

    There is a lot of corruption in Ghana but it can be held at bay if people gather together to support those they can trust.

    All the best.

    Greg Marsh
    Founder BYKA Group

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