Anytime I consider how far Ghana has come after 63 years of independence, I’m galled by the sensation of being born on this a part of the world and I’m compelled to think about if that is how our ancestors wished the nation to be after an extended try for independence.
There is no such thing as a doubt that since Ghana’s independence within the late ’50s, our leaders have undertaken all steps to develop this nation.
Nevertheless, lots of their efforts have been guided extra by unjustified idealism which lacked actuality, and even the place there seemed to be some progress, it was progress with out growth.
That is largely attributable to the truth that our leaders on the time didn’t pay sufficient consideration to the equitable distribution of wealth that had been created.
The consequence was a re-creation of poverty and its equitable re-distribution in a leveling down operation.
This nation of ours appears to not assume past instances and it seems as if we don’t know the place we’re going or learn how to get there, or we simply don’t know precisely what we would like.
Humorous sufficient, that’s the indelible impression our leaders have given by their capricious acts and unguided insurance policies.
Underneath the Directive Rules of State Coverage, Article 35, clause seven of the 1992 structure spells out that “So far as practicable, a authorities shall proceed and execute initiatives and programmes commenced by the earlier Authorities”.
Which means any authorities that is available in energy should proceed the unfinished initiatives of the earlier authorities regardless of its political variations however what will we see, governments are available energy and neglect the unfinished initiatives of the earlier authorities as a result of they appear to not have come from the identical political occasion and with the notion of “new king, new legislation”.
I will not be incorrect to say governments which have dominated the nation within the 4th Republic have violated this a part of the structure noting that the 5 administrations haven’t adopted this a part of the structure not even the incumbent authorities.
Someplace in 2015, the earlier authorities [i.e the Mamaha administration] initiated a long run Nationwide Growth Plan for the nation spanning a interval of 40 years which was aimed toward shaping Ghana’s future and complementing the present growth plan for the nation.
There have been plenty of criticisms from some opposition political events asking the Nationwide Growth Planning Fee (NDPC) to re-evaluate the 40 years Nationwide Growth Coverage framework to make sure continuity and stability in governance as a result of they noticed it to be tough for a political occasion in opposition, that finds a governing coverage incorrect, to proceed the work of the earlier authorities when it attains energy.
Nevertheless it appears President Akuffo Addo didn’t hear of former President Mahama’s 40 years Nationwide Growth Plan and so he additionally initiated a seven-year Coordinated Programme of Financial and Social Growth insurance policies with the agenda for job creation, prosperity and equal alternative for all.
Now the query is; why did President Akuffo Addo provoke a seven-year plan whereas there’s an already current long run coverage spanning for 40 years? Why didn’t he additionally amend the long run plan which existed already to go well with his insurance policies or fuse his seven years’ coverage plan into Mahama’s 40years plan?
The largest problem dealing with this nation is successive governments working in response to its personal manifesto, neglecting the earlier authorities’s efforts and initiatives no matter their significance.
Come to consider it, each marketing campaign is similar and it’s disheartening to say Ghanaians assume in response to their political alignment.
The second it turns into clear that energy is within the arms our occasion we leap on it. We complain in regards to the hardships within the nation, blame the ruling authorities for each socio-economic failure.
We rally behind opposition events and provides our one-year help so as to “present our would possibly”. A few of our musicians will decide a facet and make marketing campaign songs. We participate in vigils and demonstrations to demand change.
We christen our presidential elects within the opposition events as our saviors and use that to power our ruling governments to do quick, shoddy works and fulfill empty guarantees within the house of some months.
We do all this after which after elections the whole lot goes again to the way in which they have been and there we see that our personal yr reveals crumble as a result of guarantees has been damaged and plans has been left unfinished.
It’s shameful how we’re happy with our one-day present and settle for the deteriorating way forward for the nation as a part of our life and a part of politics. We repeat the 4 years’ course of later, one other one yr reveals and one other second in bleak future.
Pricey Ghanaian politicians, haven’t you realized you’re doing the nation a disservice with the pattern of working in response to your individual manifesto and coverage neglecting the initiatives of the earlier authorities due to not belonging to the identical political occasion?
Haven’t you additionally realized it’s about time Ghana will get a constitutional coverage or a long run developmental plan for each authorities to comply with after they are available energy regardless of its political variations?
We’re uninterested in the backwards and forwards in each change of presidency therefore there’s the necessity for the constitutional or long run plan if not what is going to occur to your unfinished packages and initiatives after your 4 or eight years in workplace?
It’s excessive time we start to behave as Residents and never spectators!
God bless Mom Ghana and make her nice and robust!!
The writer; Philip Nii Darku Ankrah is a pupil of the Ghana Institute of Journalism
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