On the 6th of March, 1957, Ghana attained independence, thanks to the vision of our father, our first prime minister and our first president, the late Osagyefo Dr. (Francis) Kwame Nkrumah of blessed memory. He had a dream for Ghana, a long term vision and He fought for our independence from our
beloved colonial masters, the British.
Kwame Nkrumah started setting the standard from there, building hospitals, roads, habours, the Akosombo dam,the Accra-Tema motorway, mining companies, etc. Yes, He had his faults but he was a man of vision unlike those who later assumed office after he was overthrown by a coup d’état. He should have checked to see if Ghanaians were ready to be independent. We have had visionless, selfish leaders since he was overthrown.
The British helped us to develop, even though they were also taking our natural resources. Structures like Korle Bu hospital still exist. The main reason I believe, we wanted the British to leave was so that we too could spend some of the money and satisfy our selfish desires. While the British liked hard work, most Ghanaians liked to laze around all day and get paid at the end of the month and they still do it. If you are in doubt, just enter one of the ministries and see government workers, sleeping, staking lotto or gossiping while the big men spend money ruthlessly.
Most of the structures Kwame Nkrumah built are still standing and are generating revenue for the nation.The politicians we now have only know how to lie, of course, and plan short term. They only think about today, and how they are going to win elections and win the following term also, so they start something for the people to see, the people then re-elect them to continue the “good work” which they will leave uncompleted. Then the load falls on the next person that assumes the position, he too will leave what that government started and set about deceiving us by starting some of his “promises”. Where will all these lead us? If Kwame Nkrumah had started the motorway or the Tema habour or the Akosombo dam and left them after 8 years, who would have continued it?
It should not be a matter of this party or that party,We should be looking at people who have plans for the nation because honestly, some of the politicians around have no plans for the nation, their only plan is to increase their bank balances with money the poor and average Ghanaian has paid as tax. Vision 2020? Vision middle income? What are those at all? When all what is being built are public toilets and roads that last for only 6 months? Free basic education? Free maternal health care? National health insurance scheme? Did the previous government even research well into these things before starting them? Or elections were drawing near and something was needed to boost the party’s image? Now this uncompleted project becomes a burden for the new government and those in the old government are going to say the new government could not complete it. Now the new government would not want to complete those projects because, one, its going slow down their project which would cut short their campaign message the next election period and, two, they won’t want to complete it because they fear the credit would go to the previous government. So the cycle continues, leaving a bunch of uncompleted projects making the nation an uncompleted one.
Look at Malaysia, who were also under the British and attained independence 31 August 1957, Oil palm is their main cash crop as compared to Ghana who has gold and cocoa just to mention a few, but Malaysia is far more advanced than Ghana. It’s very sad. Ghana needs politicians who have long term plans and we need to stop these partisan politics and think about what we are going to leave for the coming generation. Time wasting doing unnecessary things like arguing on the radio and arguing trivial politics is not going to take us anywhere.
Its like Ghana is still living the dream of Kwame Nkrumah, when will we have someone who will have his dream and move this country forward? We have been stagnant since independence. Vote wisely
A worried me, anonymous233