Ghana is unfortunately, a nation having misplaced priorities. This can only symptomatic of leadership crisis from the home, the school, the church, the mosque and at the national levels. When leadership fails in its duty, everything goes haywire and as Chinua Achebe puts it “Things fall apart” because the “centre cannot hold”. Leadership holds society together but its absence spells doom and chaos. Sadly, that is what we are experiencing in Ghana, where populism and convenience rule instead of real and clearly thought out actions and decisions.
Every patriotic and fair minded Ghanaian must be extremely concerned and alarmed at the turn of events in Ghana over the last decade. Ghana seems to be sinking and sinking fast despite the fact the Ghanaians have erroneously thought that the problem of this country is somehow connected to who is in power or which government is running. The harsh reality however, is that though we have succeeded in changing leadership at the helm of affairs, we haven’t succeeded in witnessing the change we so impatiently crave – economic liberty, social justice, rule of law, piety and equity in apportioning the proverbial national cake.
The bottom line is that, politicians in Ghana irrespective of their party affiliation, are virtually representative of the two sides of the same coin. NDC and NPP have proven time and again that they only care about Ghanaians and feel their pain when they are in opposition but forget about Ghanaians and their sufferings when they are given the mandate to govern this noble country.
The people of Ghana at best are seen as slaves and beggars in their own country. As a result, though the citizenry pays the taxes, works to generate and accumulates revenue for the nation, its slavish status does not guarantee it a stake in the processes of nation building. The opinions, wishes, desires and dreams of the people do not matter in anyway. Development projects and activities of government are not determined by the needs and comfort of the people but the whims and caprices of the political class. A ruling government controls and utilizes the public purse not in the interest of the people but according to the direction of winning the next election.
Ghana is not driven by a solid and pragmatic national vision, national plan, national policy and national interest projects and programmes. We have regrettably succeeded in building a hedonistic and materialistic society, where we will doggedly stop at nothing to amass wealth and build an empire of greed.
Historically, our politicians are often disinterested in continuing projects inherited from from previous administrations, first, because of a certain myopic and cheap propaganda that continuing inherited projects means an endorsement of the previous regime’s policy and agenda, unmindful of the national resources invested therein. Second, undertaking new projects and activities affords a ruling government the opportunity to make huge expenses, a fertile ground for festering corruption.
From the building of the national cathedral, profligate expenditure on officialdom, proposed construction of the 200 million dollar parliamentary house, undisclosed humongous expenses on the Black Stars at the AFCON 2019, among many others, wherein lies the national interest and that of the ordinary Ghanaian?
There is a certain kind of vampiric leadership in Ghana irrespective of whether NDC or NPP is in power that feeds on the blood of the emaciated and bony citizens. It is mindboggling to see leaders live lavishly by enjoying free accommodation, four wheel vehicles, free utilities, fat salaries and other largesse while the people languish in penury and squalor.
Haven’t the people of Ghana been insulted long enough and taken advantage of? Enough is enough.