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02.06.2021 Opinion

Ghana Is Bleeding Profusely: Let's Fix The Country Indeed! - To Whom It May Concern

By Nana Antwi Boasiako Barimah
Ghana Is Bleeding Profusely: Let's Fix The Country Indeed! - To Whom It May Concern
LISTEN JUN 2, 2021

It is an indisputable fact that the great kukrudite genes flow through my veins. Of course as a student political activist I even held the position as the *TESCON Director of Communications* for two consecutive years. Hence, my unflinching affinity towards the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition is highly unquestionable.

However, I feel quite disappointed in our inability as a country to salvage our deteriorating economy occasioned by the ruins of COVID-19 pandemic.

The sky rocketing prices of commodities is something that keeps on scaring me as a young public servant. As a road user, the continuous upsurge in fuel prices is a canker that needs immediate remedy. The rampant epileptic fall of the cedi against the major trading currencies is something that affects every sector of our national economy. The Dumsor quagmire is gradually rearing it's ugly head back into our homes.

The catalogued problems in the preceding paragraph were the exact issues that propelled the former government into a miserable opposition. Power is indeed transient!

Some current government appointees live as if they were Russian Oligarchs, displaying all sorts of affluence and extravagance which keeps on annoying Ghanaians.

The unpopular decision by the presidency to rent a luxurious private jet at a cost of $15,000 per hour at the detriment of some Ghanaians still wallowing in abject poverty and who live below $3 a day is infact a locus classicus of 'miscarriage of priority' catalyzed by 'unsound financial rascalism'!

On the other hand, why must a poor country like Ghana decide to burn excavators used in illegal mining? Excavators which cost thousands of dollars to purchase when we can utilize them in other sectors. As a country we must not be fixated on methodology. However, we must thrive on dynamism premised on empiricism. By empiricism I mean empirical facts and evidence. The evidence is very clear that burning excavators cannot be the viable antidote to curb illegal mining in this country! So why don't we adopt a different draconian approach in rooting out this galamsey canker!

I must state categorically and emphatically without any equivocation or fear of contradiction that if the current trajectory of this economy is not reverted back to the glory days then I am afraid we cannot break the 8.

We need to as a matter of urgency redouble our efforts to birth a new dawn of hope in Ghanaians by ensuring that every facet of the economy works again. Expedited economy recovery is our only option now!

I believe we can do it because we have done it before. All it takes is sound leadership. Leadership is the cause and the rest are just mere effects. Our leaders must wake up from their long slumber!

God Bless Our Homeland Ghana and Make Our Nation Great and Strong

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