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The “Beauty And The Beast” Of Akuffo-Addo @ 5 (OPINION)

Welcome dear reader;

This article doesn’t have any intention whatsoever to cause political divide or spark any confusion within the Ghanaian Governance system, but to give a neutral perspective on key issues that are very fundamental to the progress and prosperity of this country.

Since Ghana regained political freedom from our colonial masters, we have had a series of leaders, with diverse unique qualities, values, principles and visionary lenses.

Their philosophical disposition, coupled with the ideological make-up of their understanding of the Ghana’s developmental path, have shaped us to some extent; in a good, bad and worse manner.

From the First Republic to the Fourth Republic of Ghana, we have been consistent in maintaining our identity as a nation, though we mostly experience a high level of differentiation when it comes to our mode of transition from one Government to another.

Fundamentally, this is the real problem causing several disruptions in our developmental continuum.

We do not posses any quality of “culture of continuity”. We have also failed woefully when it comes to “Culture of Maintenance”.

Most state assets and properties worth billions of Cedis get rotten in the bush just because every political leader voted into power wants to set a new record, and gain recognition for that in return.

This greedy mindset has really caused us so much, and until we repent from such a retrogressive mentality, our progress as a country will be extremely difficult.

Ideally, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is inarguably the most impactful president Ghana has ever had. He excellently touched on every sector of the economy, and through his able cabinets, they were able to lay a very strong foundation for us to build on, and raise the flag of Ghana to a higher height. History clearly indicates the kind of work each Minister under his leadership did for the country. We cannot forget his Finance Minisiter (Ghana’s First Finance Minisiter), Komla Gbedemah, who led in the construction of the Akosombo Dam.

Among all the transitional presidents of Ghana, one is very dear to parents and guardians. Though Nkrumah, through his private Secretary and Editor of the Accra Evening News (Newspaper), Akua Ayisi championed the inclusion and promotion of girl-child education in the country, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has however, really elevated it to a higher pedestal.

It is not so surprising he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

 

His Free Senior High School Educational Policy continues to resign as one of the best educational policies around the globe.

During the 2016 and 2020 presidential election, many parents could have opted for a different candidate, but this policy really won their hearts.

Even though it has received massive criticisms from Education Analysts and Development Planners, it is reigning as a very key channel towards the development and strengthening of our human resources sector.

One key problem associated with this policy is that since it was not properly developed and planned, its quality has been totally undermined.

The double track system initiated by the government to ensure the smooth running of our Senior High Schools has really compromised and exchanged the kind of quality services our young people need for quantity.

Apart from this troubling issue, financing of the policy itself has become a very big issue. If we cannot finance this project with revenues from our rich natural resources, then why initiative it in the first place?

Do we still have to rely on foreign loans and aids to keep this policy running?

 

It is very pitiable to see our President hire a private jet worth millions of Cedis just to go around borrowing monies from other countries, supposedly to be richer than us.

Most of the youth groups in the country had high expectations from President Akufo-Addo, per his social standing, as a former Attorney General and current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

We cannot forget about his employment-centered policy dubbed, “Nation Builders Corps”. On paper, it appeared so attractive and impactful, but in reality, politics and corruption has driven it to an unknown destination!

Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village One Dam, One District One Factory and One Constituency One Ambulance are still fresh in our minds.

Reports from the sites of these projects indicate that quite a number of people have benefited from the initiatives. But the question is: How many people who have A-POLITICAL identity benefitted from it?

Away from corruption, let us just have a pictorial overview of the recent escalating criminals incidents in the country. What then can we link to that, if not poor leadership and bad governance?

Many people have lost their lives due to the poor state of our security system.

Accident cases cannot be left untouched in our discussion.

Do we remember the manhole on the Wench-Sunyani Highway, that nearly claimed the lives of 60 passengers? It is just a shame, Mr. President!

We are all in the rainy season, and it’s so sad and shameful to see the country’s second largest city to be consumed by flood. Two people have already lost their lives on that deathtrap we call “bridge” in Kumasi.

Whom must we blame for the “controversial $170Million Judgement Debt?

Almost everything is messing up, Mr. President.

Inarguably, President Akufo-Addo has done a lot for mother Ghana, but there are certain key things he needs to correct.

He and his cabinets must wake up. There is no time to waste at; the time is now!

The first year of his four-year term is almost over, and almost everyone is complaining about the hardship!

Source; Opera News

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