Vote? No, not me

I don’t vote because I’m not a registered voter, unregistered by choice. Why? Well I’m a happy, patriotic Ghanaian. I know what you are saying; “when you don’t vote, others will make the choice for you”, “your vote is your power”, bla bla bla… I’ve heard them all, but as you might have figured, I don’t care.

Wait, don’t judge and condemn me yet, let me land first. When you listen, watch and read the news, you will understand. We have politicians who politicize EVERYTHING from education to health. You don’t need knowledge about rocket science or even a 3rd of Einstein’s brain to know that anyone who politicizes agriculture, education and health isn’t serious.

First we had the 3-year educational system, then by some strange revelation, they said that 4 years is the best. Then the next government came and said 3 years is the best. Now we have another group saying FREE SHS education. When will they realize that its not about free; free education is possible but is it feasible here in Ghana where free things aren’t appreciated? What about the disgruntled teachers, will their salaries be increased? Because they have to be happy to teach effectively. What about facilities? Or learning under trees would become a new style, and leaking roofs would be the new “in thing”? And the professional tyrants who don’t like schooling, how will they be convinced to go? What about the feeding fees, where will the money come from to feed the students? And don’t tell me school feeding system, if you attended a public SHS, you will know that even dogs turn their noses at the food served in the dining halls. And let’s say the free thing happens, will university education too be free? And which universities will accommodate the students? Free and quality are like water and oil, I would prefer quality and affordable schooling.

Agriculture, we have food spoiling in the villages because there are no good roads to bring them to the cities. Each village has an MP who owns a flashy 4X4 wheel car, I believe they don’t feel the impact of the pot holes, they don’t even visit the villages unless there is an election. They just parade their cars around Accra and sleep when issues are seriously being discussed in the parliament house.

Health insurance? How it got involved with politics I don’t understand. A dying man gets to the hospital, the first question he is asked is ” Do you have the health insurance card?”  Even when he has it, he will go through the process because the hospital doesn’t want problems when claiming their money.  The most vital drugs aren’t supported by health insurance,but  if in case they are, then they are finished, they are always out of supply.

In economics, the man named free doesn’t exist. Whatever you do has a cost. I hear people say the oil money can cater for the free education and healthcare and improve agriculture, that even makes me lol. You think politicians would sit back and watch all that money educate, take care and feed someone they don’t know? I’m not here to condemn any party,  I’m just saying that Im not going to waste my time and stand in a very long queue( no item 13 to refresh me too) for half a day to vote for someone who cares not for me or the country. Even if the person doesn’t cheat you, there would always be that black sheep in the party who would still squander our money and joke with our lives.

For what its worth, the best CEO in Ghana was once a military man.

A “powerless” me,
Anonymous233

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Bureaucratic nonsense

Government companies love bureaucracy, they believe the system must work. I also believe the system must work, and while it is working, it must work EFFECTIVELY. The work environment has been riddled with corruption crossed with red tape and filled with nepotism and bribes. What’s my problem? I overpaid my school fees and I wanted a refund. A friend of mine owed the school 50p and he was almost sacked from an exam room. They wrote him a letter, sealed in an envelope which in totality cost more than 50p.

I was told to follow the system, submit a letter come back a week later for my money. How was I to know I was supposed to apply some grease to remove the rust off the money machine?(I still won’t do it, I’m not an oil merchant). 3 weeks later, and the letter was still where I left it because the man was “busy” and he said it wasn’t his fault, the system is slow .In fact, it was a kind lady who had pity on me and processed the letter after I was told to “go and come” several times. Apparently, it was just a matter of cross checking to see if I was telling the truth and signing a cheque, and it took him 3 weeks, what it took the woman 5 minutes to do(God bless her).

They say they are doing the right thing by going according to the system. Good, if they want to go by the system, shouldn’t the system be effective, efficient, transparent and clean? And more importantly FAST? (And we still wonder why Ghana is a 3rd world country). Yes, the system must work but which system? Is it the one greed built? Then I realized that the only antidote to bureaucracy is bribe. Bribe is the cancer eating this nation and promoting the bureaucratic system. Our nation isn’t thriving and our government offices aren’t producing effective results because of this “system”. This time wasting, expensive, selfish, productivity-reducing, bureaucratic nonsense must stop!

Advice to all freshmen

First years, welcome to the university. You can now wipe that enthusiastic, fresh, excited and vacant look on your face. Let me tell you the truth about this place:

1. Your pursuit of quality education has brought you here. You were told this place isn’t the secondary school, you will be lectured. Lies,the only different thing is the freedom. It is a secondary school without walls, teachers are lecturers, classrooms are lecture halls. You were told, they offer quality education so you need to study hard for a first class. Don’t mind them, if you want a first class, CHEW your bloody notes!! Chew them religiously, chew everything your teacher lecturer gives you,be it hand outs, slides, notes, even pieces of paper as if your life depended on it. You don’t even need to understand what you are chewing, JUST CHEW IT and drink water on it. Look for past questions and solve then chew the questions and answers. Don’t bother yourself reading wide, in the exams, they only want what they taught you. Just make sure you acquire knowledge on your own in your field of interest.

2. You will meet all kinds of people. Serious people, non serious people, academicians, “fun-mecians”, etc. People who wear winter scarves on a hot, sunny afternoon and wear sunglasses midnight. But that aside, make sure you network. Network, network, network. Look for people with similar interests and hang out with them. You may not be studying your course of interest but nothing stops you from getting an informal education on your topic of interest and at the same time making friends, you might never know where you will meet them or when you will need them.

3. Boys, who are interested in having a relationship, be careful of university girls. When you try to impress a girl with your money, remember that when she says she loves you, the “you“ she is talking about is what is coming from your pocket, not you the human being, and in this situation make sure you stay away from the continental towers, else one day you might jump. I’m not saying don’t spend money on someone you love, just be careful. And guys who own cars, remember you are endangered species, you will always have friends both girls and boys because of your car. The almost extinct ones are those fresh boys with fresh cars, make sure you pray every morning before leaving your room.

4. Girls, beware of boys especially continuing students whose scores are 3 nil or 4 nil, those guys are desperate and dangerous. And when you dress inappropriately and have guys all over you, in the name of love, know that the love here means “I want a piece of that ass”. Don’t put your heart into it.

5. Put God first, go to church and paa joe regularly, its good for your health. Befriend real, spirit-filled Christians,and as often as you can, stay far away from “chrife” people. You will know them when you see them, they walk perpendicular to the ground as if they are downloading words from heaven. Before they talk to you, they must utter a few words in tongues then translate it for you the heathen to understand. They will frustrate your walk with God. They don’t have social lives, they are just hypocrites.

6. Prioritize your activities not everyone came to offer the right course. Some people are meant to be politicians yet they are offering engineering, some are to be entertainers yet they are offering medicine. But make sure you pursue your interests (after chewing the notes). I know people who have a degree in science but are bank managers so if you didn’t get your course of interest, fret not, still follow your dream.

7. Join organizations of your interest. You can join societies, clubs or do sports. Have a healthy social life. Take part in the activities of the organizations and if possible get positions in these organizations. Bottom line, after your 4 years, your C.V should be a thing of beauty, filled with good references and leadership qualities. It might look like you are using the organization as a stepping stone, ok, yes you are using them but they also took your time so it’s a win-win situation.

8. Campus is not a secure place, you have all the freedom you always dreamed of but it comes with responsibilities. Take care of yourself, your money and property. There are a lot of thieves, armed robbers and tricksters on campus. Don’t talk to strangers and at night, walk in groups (make sure there is at least one person in the group you can run faster than). Beware of student politicians training to become professional politicians. Beware of them even more than the armed robbers. They are worse off than them; they lie, cheat and steal students’ money in broad daylight. Beware of people you call friends too, know whom to trust, as I said, campus isn’t a safe place.

9. Chill out, relax! You are an undergrad only once. Attend school functions, hall week celebrations, faculty celebrations, dinners, sports events, all celebrations. Have fun when you go but keep this in mind, Never I repeat, never ever miss an item 13 meeting, ever! When you hear or read (read everything on the notice boards as often as possible) “Item 13 is highly assured” please don’t miss it. Where do you think they get the money to organize these events? It’s from the fees and dues you paid. Go and eat till you are filled, if possible carry a black polythene bag along.

10. Not every class is important to attend, there are some classes you have to skip to get things done. Right now it might sound like a taboo, you will attend EVERY class but I give you up to 2nd year, some of you will only see the lecture room when its time for exams. Don’t believe everything the lecturer says, and don’t argue with them too. If a lecturer lies, cross check on the internet, know the right thing, but in exams, spew his lies on the paper. Don’t change a word. If he says the moon is made from cheese write the moon is made from cheese. That’s all. You don’t know more than your lecturer.

There are more you will need to find out yourself but these ones I think you should know. I might be right or wrong, that too you will find out you. Last words, if in final year you realize, you didn’t grab, you didn’t borga, You didn’t make a first class, you didn’t network, then know you have wasted 4 years.