Many at times i am just baffled about the sort of hypocrisy we exhibit in Ghana. We rant and rave about everything but we are not ready and willing to do the right thing and ensure that systems work well and we resort to indulging in purposeless lamentations the moment things start going bad. What at all is wrong with us as Ghanaians?
The rainy season is here once again with us and as usual many areas in Accra the capital will be flooded. But did we prepare adequately for the rains? We always have lofty solutions anytime floods ravage our communities. We resolve to desilt our gutters, not build in water ways and also not dump rubbish into the drains, but we immediately forget about all these grand and lofty solutions once the rainy season is over. We then lament the following year when our communities are inundated by the ravaging flood waters. These floods cause a lot of havoc as lives and properties are lost.
What have we done in connection with hawkers selling on pavements in our cities and towns? The moment the authorities try to sack them from the streets, our noisy media picks it up and turns it into a series of news reportage asking the relevant authorities to adopt a human face in solving the problem. The same media will later descend heavily on the authorities for not ridding the pavements of hawkers.
It gets more interesting when our own government decides to champion the patronage of Made-In-Ghana products but imports furniture and other products (from China) that could be manufactured locally for the refurbishment of Parliament and the offices of the Members of Parliament (the Job 600 Building). This same government then calls on Ghanaians to patronize locally manufactured products and bemoans the attitude of Ghanaians towards their own products. What a shame?
We also indulge in purposeless lamentations when we have solar energy at our disposal but resort to the buying of generator sets which consume a lot of fuel in trying to solve our energy crisis which has been plaguing our dear nation for the past four years. Can we continue to buy fuel for all these generating sets? Why not turn to the use of solar panels to power our homes. Lets stop the purposeless lamentations and solve the energy crisis.
Those in charge of education lament about the shortage of lecturers in our public universities forgetting that they brought in a policy that prevents MPhil degree holders from these same public tertiary institutions from being employed as lecturers. That is also one purposeless lamentation that should stop. Such hypocrisy at the highest level must stop. why not employ these same MPhil degree holders as lecturers and give them a time period for them to pursue their PHDs? Meanwhile, there are numerous MPhil degree holders who are ready and willing to do the work so that the old men and women who have hijacked the academia and are on contracts will go home and be with their grandchildren.
The above instances are just a few examples of the sorts of purposeless lamentations Ghanaians go through on a daily basis. You can add your example by commenting on this article. God save Ghana from all these purposeless lamentations.