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15.10.2020 Feature Article

A Quick Note To Mr. Oduro Kwarteng - Who Posts Comments On Facebook

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Gosh, Mr. Oduro Kwarteng, what an amazing comment. With the greatest respect, and in all humility, how can you say such cynical things - at a time when we are all seeing the negative impact, of global climate change, right across the Ghanaian countryside? Ebeiiii. Hmmmm, eyeasem oooo. Yoooooo...

Massa, no serious nation would risk undertaking a bauxite mining venture, which threatens the sustainability of a vital watershed, for three major river systems, from which the water that is treated and supplied to over 5 million of its citizens, in towns and cities right across its southern half, is sourced. No question. Yoooooo...

This shortsighted idea, so breathtakingly blockheaded, and incredibly daft, illustrates perfectly, the inability of so many of the members of our ruling-elites, to think on their feet, and do lateral thinking, when faced with challenges that serious nations would consider to be existential in nature, and consequently rethink, and, restrategise, to ensure their societies' long-term well-being. Hmmmm, eyeasem, ooooo...

Massa, what is wrong with taking the Atewa Forest Reserve, out of the SinoHydro deal, koraaaa, I ask? Will it somehow bring about the end of life as we know it in today's Ghana - or even lead to a shooting-war with the People's Republic of China? Haaba. Who born dog? With respect, you are an intelligent man, the answer to both questions, is: Certainly not, oooo, Massa. Cool.

Which leads one to the follow-up-query: So why are the blockheaded and colo-minded Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfos so frightened of offending those canny and arrogant foreigners, who treat our compatriots who go to China to either study or to do business, with total disdain and regard them more or less as rubbish and sub-human? How stupid can some African leaders be, Abi? Haaba.

Instead of our elected leaders continuing to stonewall and pussyfoot around this existential-challenge, what they should rather do, as thinking beings proud of their Africanness, is to simply call the Chinese ambassador, accredited to Ghana, to the presidency, and boldly inform him that, regretably, in view of mounting public disquiet, over the inclusion of the Atewa Forest Reserve, in the SinoHydro deal, the government will immediately ban all mining, logging and hunting in the Atewa Forest Reserve, and declare it a national park. Case closed. Full stop.

What we should rather do, as committed Pan-Africanists, is to think of the opportunities that a West African integrated aluminium industry, offers - one in which sister nations like Guinea, Libera, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau, grow their national economies, and create wealth, as well as jobs galore, for their younger generations', by mining and supplying Ghana with bauxute, for refining, at the Valco aluminium smeltering plant. Simple. Case closed.

Massa, some of us are sick and tired of being governed by bean-counting philistines, who know the prices of all things under the African sun, but don't have the faintest idea, of the value of our nation's priceless natural capital. Hmmmm, Oman Ghana, enti, yewieye paaaaa, enei? Eyeasem, oooo - asem kesei bi, ebeba debi ankasa, ooooo. Yooooooo...

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2020

The author has 666 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: KofiThompson

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