loving Ghana, You Need a Good Heart

My love for my country has no limit and I hope to continue loving her. But, you will all agree with me that if you don’t have a good heart, you can easily give up on Ghana. In this post I will tell you why you need a good heart before you love Ghana with all your heart.
Sometimes you wonder why we still elect our leaders every four years. These leaders always have good policies whiles they are moving around canvassing for the votes of the citizens. They entice the citizens with sugar coated words and honey sweetened promises, but once they are elected and assume the mantle of authority, they start developing cold feet and that’s where they show their true colors. Whenever they are reminded of their campaign promises, they deny making those promises. Don’t be heartbroken after reading this post. The following issues should motivate you to do more for your country and not break your heart.
It should not come to you as a surprise when you see our contractors still constructing open drains in this country. Whoever gives out the contract should have insisted on covered drains. It seems due diligence has eluded us in the award of contracts. We still construct school buildings with poor ventilation in this modern era. Also most of these schools are constructed without toilet facilities.
Why do we also wait for several infrastructure to deteriorate before we take action? Our stadia, hospitals, tourist centers, roads etc etc are all crying for maintenance but it seems no one cares. Our police service is corrupt and most of our security services’ recruitment leaves much to be desired. They sell more than a hundred thousand forms to potential recruits who are eager to be employed by these agencies, but they end up picking just a minute number of the applicants. This process is even fraught with corruption and the so called protocol list. It will shock you to know that before the forms are sold for recruitment, they have already selected their recruits. Some of these applicants have to part with various sums of money through middlemen with the promise of being assured of getting picked.
Why do we always pile rubbish on our roads, streets, market centers and wait for the government to mobilize people to clear them? You walk through most of our market centers and you realize that vehicles can’t go through them. Most of the vehicle lanes in our markets have been taken over by the traders. Its always annoying and heartbreaking to listen to these same traders lamenting about the inability of the Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service to quench market fires when they arrive at the scene. These same market women forget that they are the same people who have encroached on the vehicle lanes in the markets thereby blocking access to the market by the fire tenders. With this attitude, more market fires will happen unless we change for the better.
We live in a country where everything is given a political color. Someone commits a crime and once the person is about to be punished he is given a political color. What even annoys me is that, anytime a politician embezzles state funds and he is found guilty, the person is dealt with leniently but when a normal citizen commits a crime, he is punished severely. Every government that comes will always abandon the projects of the previous government. With this attitude, how will we develop as a nation? When will we support each other in terms of innovations? Enough of my rantings. I have a good heart so I will not be heartbroken by what I see in this country. If you have a good heart, you can love Ghana to the max. Yen ara ya asase ni (This is our land).

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The Rains Are Coming, How Prepared Are We?

It’s March 13, 2017 and we all just heard from the Ghana Meteorological Agency that the rains will be very severe this year. I watched and listened to the news on tv with my mouth wide open, and I asked myself, “how prepared are we for the coming rains as predicted?” Then thoughts of last two years flood and fuel explosion at a fuel station near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle started flooding my mind. Sorry for taking your minds back to that tragedy in which many people lost their lives. Are we really ready and prepared for the coming rains?

Are we ready to clear the choked drains? Will we be able to make sure that all structures on water ways are demolished? Can we find out those who issued the permits for such structures and let them face the full rigors of the law? Do our leaders have the political will to crack the whip on these law breakers to serve as a deterrent to other citizens? It is time for us to get it right and put our acts together and make sure that not a single Ghanaian life is lost during this year’s rainy season.

We can also do our part by not dumping rubbish into the drains, desilting choked drains, disposing off rubbish properly, and reporting people who go contrary to the sanitation laws in our communities. We should not wait for disasters to strike before we call on the government to come to our aid. Anytime I hear that phrase, I become very much annoyed to the core. We also don’t want to see the annual ritual of politicians touring disaster zones and sharing relief items to victims. Those relief items will never be enough for the disaster victims.

In my candid opinion, the name of the National Disaster Management Organization should be changed to National Disaster Prevention Organization. The warning signs are all over the place, the earlier we act, the better for this country. The future generations will like to see a Ghana that is devoid of floods. A Ghana where our city authorities will walk the talk and have the political will to take the right actions to cleanse our cities of filth.

It Is An “Animal Farm” World In Ghana.

Image I did not want to wade into the current situation in our dear country, but for sometime now sadness has engulfed my heart and it seems i can’t be mute and look on while our leaders and politicians rob our nation in the name of democracy, hence my decision to write this piece. As i write this article, i feel we have totally lost it as a nation since those we elected to our legislature and the government seems to be very insensitive to the plight of the masses.Do we understand democracy at all? Why should democracy be used as a tool by our politicians to empty the nation’s coffers? Since the beginning of this year, several groups of government workers and unions have threatened to lay down their tools, and some have actually carried out their threats. Mention could be made of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU), University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), in fact the list is endless. It seems whenever a group threatens to embark on a strike action, that’s the moment you hear of the Labour Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. So what are they being paid for? Why wait for the situation to get out of hand before you try to find a solution to it? In my opinion, these two institutions mandated to look into the emoluments of workers are not working, but rather sleeping on the job. Now back to the substantive issue of Ghana now being turned into an “Animal Farm”. I am still baffled as to why workers go on strike over unpaid allowances and salaries, then the government comes out to tell them that there is no money in the state coffers, but the government is able to pay the exgratia of parliamentarians. It seems we have two classes of human beings in Ghana currently, and the “Animal Farm” method is being applied here. Four legs good, two legs bad. So ti means that some groups of people are more important than others. With this mentality, do you think workers would have sympathy for the government? My answer is a big NO. Why the special dispensation for the so called “Article 71” office holders which includes parliamentarians, the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, President, Vice President etc etc? Now every educated young man or woman is being tagged as a thief by our folks from the rural areas, because the rural folks toil for the economic sustenance of the country, but end up not benefiting. Why do you build a “Cocoa Clinic” in Accra which is not a cocoa producing area, whilst the cocoa growing areas lack even a basic health center? In my opinion, we have lost it as a nation and until we get a leader who would be sensitive to the plight of the masses who don’t have access to health, water, electricity, education, good roads etc, we would continue to live in this “Animal Farm” world.