On Free SHS, Mahama Needs a Reality Check
The problem with Candidate John Dramani Mahama, even as Mr. Koku Anyidoho, the former Deputy General-Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), recently pointed out, is that the former President is decidedly indecisive. First, the Ganger Boy ridiculed the idea of the feasibility of the implementation of a fee-free Senior High School System of education. Then when the politically and culturally visionary and inclusive President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo proved demonstrably that a fee-free Senior High School System of education was feasible, implementable and, indeed, the most appropriate and just thing to so, the hitherto elitist and callous Mr. Mahama decided that the circumstantially imperative, reparative and remediating double-track system had been poorly implemented. He had to, somehow, make himself relevant to a policy initiative of which he had absolutely no clue.
So, now, the new song and tune that he has begun singing is that he intends to “fix the poor implementation of the policy to make it better” (See “If Anybody Says Mahama Will Cancel Free SHS That Person Is a Bloody Liar, I’ll Fix Its Poor Implementation” Modernghana.com 8/8/20). He is the mirror image of a pathological liar, no two ways about that, for about the only thing that the former Atta-Mills’ Vice-President knows how to do is to cancel any pragmatic and progressive social intervention program, aimed at significantly improving the quality of life of the ordinary Ghanaian citizen, so as to share the created loot with his cabinet appointees and cronies, in the memorable words of Justice Jones Victor Mawulorm Dotse, just as the former President John Dramani Mahama did with the Teacher-Trainee and Nurse-Trainee Allowances, among a legion of others. The fact of the matter is that a leader who thoroughly lacked the visionary competence and compunction to implement any direly needed social intervention programs or policy initiatives in the country, can also not be counted upon to fix or improve upon that which he or she did not have the flair or the talent, the skill and the capacity to implement.
It is also ironic for Mahama to accuse anybody who doubts his ability to sustain the Akufo-Addo-implemented fee-free Senior High School System, if mistakenly voted back into Jubilee House, let alone improve upon the same, of being “a bloody liar,” because the accuser is the one who is really the bloody liar. After all, wasn’t Mr. Mahama the “politrician” who promised Ghanaian voters, in the leadup to the 2012 Presidential Election, that he was determined to retrieve every pesewa stolen by Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome from our national coffers, which was GHȻ 51.2 Million? Somebody needs to ask this grossly incompetent megalomaniac exactly how many pesewas, not even cedis, he was able to retrieve from the foremost financier of the National Democratic Congress at the end of his historically unprecedented four-and-half-year tenure.
You see, you simply cannot fix problems that cropped out of the creative, progressive and innovative implementation of a policy initiative you did not know how to implement yourself, to begin with. What is more, in the four-and-half years that he ruled the country, all that Mr. Mahama proved himself to be capable of doing was to tear down all the social intervention programs put in place by the previous John Agyekum-Kufuor-led government of the New Patriotic Party, including the Nurse- and Teacher-Trainee Allowances and the School Feeding Program, even as the Mahama cabinet appointees illegally and criminally took home double salaries. As well, pulling ranks by conveniently and opportunistically invoking the name of his late father is also not going to work. You see, Mr. E A Mahama, the former non-cabinet Northern Regional Minister under President Nkrumah, is widely known to have been mired in several bribery and corruption scandals, which led to his removal at some point in time by President Nkrumah and the incarceration of several of his cronies and associates.
So, yes, Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama was a prominent politician, but he definitely was not ranked among the best or major appointees of Mr. Kwame Nkrumah. Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia’s father, the legendary Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, on the other hand, was a much better educated and a more honest and progressive politician than Mr. E A Mahama. Invoking the latter’s name only recalls the inescapable fact that like his late father, the DNA of kleptocracy and pathological corruption may be deeply wired up in the genetic makeup of Little Dramani. Both father and son are infamous for their nation-wrecking shenanigans. Make no mistake about this fact. The operatives of the Research Department of the New Patriotic Party must take up the cheap and tawdry attempt by Little Dramani to puff up his downright wretched political pedigree.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
August 8, 2020
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