Wow, Ghana is 57 today! Is this ceremonial day braced with satisfaction and pride or does it bring us the cherished people of Ghana the consciousness that really we are currently in a state of limbo with regards to our future generations? I bet you know perfectly well how all Ghanaians clearly feel about the state of the country presently. Many are tossing the question of ‘was it even worth fighting for independence?’ over in their heads while many more are asking the question ‘have we being able to manage our own affairs as challenged by Dr. Nkrumah on our day of independence?’
Well, I thought that freedom sparked creativity, advancement, hard work, vision leading to productivity. Did Ghana have these inevitable ingredients to make that development we so crave for happen? Ghana started off well with strong pillars on theories that foresaw the need to run a progressive country on developed Human Resource and Technological Advancement thus the institution of the University of Ghana, Legon and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , KNUST respectively.
Being thoughtful of the fact that man must eat to live, state farms were established in various regions in the nation. There were even further attempts to process the raw materials which led to strategic placement of manufacturing industries in the Northern, Tema, Western and other places which eventually created jobs for the people -Thanks to Dr. Nkrumah.
Unfortunately for us, the solid foundations erected by the nation’s First President, Osagyefo Dr, K. Nkrumah, the man who had the thirst to propel the nation forward, are deteriorating without its equivalent replacement and development. The nation has had to deal with self centered leaders bringing us to where 57 years old dear Ghana has found herself now; over populated universities, deteriorated roads, broken down industries, institutional and systems breakdown not to talk of the declining economy.
What beats my understanding is the fact that economist, professors, social activist have been pointing out clear fixes like cutting down imports, (which make absolute sense to the lay person on the street) yet the message does not seem to reach the ears of the controllers of dear Ghana.
Whew! I stand to be corrected, but I feel that the ministers of state are the people that spearhead imports of these cheap inferior goods flooding our markets against our textile industries and others local producers. Are they not well informed on the current situation in the country, resources available and strategies to fix the economy? Yet for personal selfish interests they look on for the systems to continue to break down. Can they confidently say that they are not aware of the officials in whose pockets public funds find themselves? Yet they never prosecute and apprehend them because they have a stake in such skewed operations against the standard of living of the ordinary voiceless Ghanaian.
Close to Pension – 57 year old Ghana is prone to proceed on pension with scanty funds for survival thanks to corruption, indiscipline in all sectors of the nation and our starved economy.
As much as we all wish to celebrate this so called ‘historic victory of independence’, I think it should be a celebration of deep seated thinking on how to save Ghana from her arrested developmental state.All Ghanaians, if will forget anything at all, should not forget these few lines from the National patriotic song “Yen ara yen asaase ni, 3y3 abodenden ma yen, mogya Nana nom hwie guu y3 de to ho ma yen” by Dr. Ephraim Amu, interpreted as, “This is our own land, it is precious to us because it was bought with the precious blood of our fore fathers who fought for us’.
If indeed we respect the efforts and toil of our forefathers we would not be turning Legon campus into a circus of toll collecting zone, contributing to corruption, encouraging institutional injustice against the poor and weak in society. As we celebrate Ghana’s independence, let us rescind on our actions and inactions that contribute to the breakdown of systems in this country. Ghana is for You and I and the time has come for us to sit down and think of ways to rescue the future of our children and our children’s children.
Gone are the days when the typical Ghanaian would say, ‘3ny3 hwee’ meaning “let it go”. If we sit down for who so ever, either black or white skin to devour all our resources now, soon there will be nothing left for us to squander. Believe me you, Ghana is rich in resources and opportunities, so dear reader I invite you to go crazy thinking the renaissance of Ghana because if we begin to learn think and work, nobody and nothing can stop us from developing. Ghana must come together to rebuild our country !!! Because United we stand, divided we fall, Long Live Ghana!
Happy Independence Day and enjoy a classic one from the Ramblers Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zxWk3yjBA8 One Love!