Ever since the motorway was opened to traffic in November 1965 by our first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, it has stood the test of time. As a visionary leader, he thought outside the box. As a result of his ingenuity, we all continue to ply the stretch. What has changed? Does that mean our current crop of leaders can’t replicate the efforts of some of our founding fathers?
Travel abroad and see the pace at which development happens. One is tempted to think that our leaders are not equal to the task of governance. Just recently, as I drove past the principal streets of Accra at night, I came across five sane women sleep under traffic lights and under bridges. I wept.
Only one thought came to mind; Are our leaders humane at all? Majority were hawkers. So after their usual activity, they are compelled to catch some sleep only at the mercy of traffic lights and under bridges since they don’t have any place of abode.
These women sleep there together with their kids. Rapists, Ritualists, Kidnappers and thieves could equally take advantage of their situation. Who cares for their plight of the vulnerable in Ghana?
The numerous V8 we procure for our leaders are good but is it expedient considering the number of innocent Ghanaians who are jobless and homeless? Some ministers who go to jail for causing financial loss to the state, only return to enjoy their ill-gotten wealth. This is because during, before and after their jail term, the stolen monies are channeled into various profitable ventures.
In a 1975 book, Victor T. Le Vine wrote that “bribery, theft and embezzlement arose from reversion to a traditional winner-takes-all attitude in which power and family relationship prevailed over the rule of law”. To an extent, his definition fits our Ghanaian setting today.
Ghana is over 60years but she continues to have numerous schools under trees. Undoubtedly, Ghana is now a pensioner. Almost all our roads have pot holes. Talk less of lack of mechanisms to revamp our educational and agricultural sectors. Is agriculture still the backbone of Ghana’s economy or corruption is?
I bleed for my nation because even during our efforts to combat Covid-19, some Ministers and MP’S refused to wear masks. This happened during the build up to the general elections. Now our figures bloat and they tend to instigate the security agencies to deal with recalcitrant citizens who refuse to the wear mask. Really? Posterity will judge. Hear this; Plato – Charmides, once said “He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it”.
So I say, when will Ghana develop?