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24.11.2003 Feature Article

Things That Makes You Go Hmmmmmm (III)

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Over 290,000 jobs have so far been created in the Ghanaian economy since the beginning of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration. Great!! Just GREAT!!! However, the government "forgot" to tell us how many jobs had been lost in that same period. It’s Omissions like this that makes the unemployed go hmmmmmm Vice President Aliu Mahama asked Boeing International to use its expertise and experience to help revamp the operations of Ghana's ailing national carrier, Ghana Airways. Imagine a kenkey seller asking a corn farmer to help her run her business. Who are these people running our country? Vice presidents like this that makes DAN QUAYLE go hmmmmmm South African President Thabo Mbeki -- often criticized for the amount of time he spends out of the country -- made just 30 foreign trips between April 2002 and March 2003. In that same period, president Kufuor made over 40 trips abroad. ....but we know the usual hpye: looking for investments for Ghana. We’ve still not seen the investors, but we’ll keep waiting. "Invisible investors" like this that makes Kofi Wayo go hmmmmmm Ghana has recently experienced an unprecedented exodus of its trained health professionals for greener pastures, particularly in the United Kingdom. During the 2000 elections, Kufuor argued that the hardship in the country was the cause of exodus. Mr. president, what’s the excuse now that you are in charge? If the “best government Ghana ever had” cannot stop the exodus, then our dear nation is in trouble. It's "exodus" like this that made Bob Marley sing "Exodus movement of suffering people" Do you know that every single NPP MP voted against the GETFund and VAT? The Hansard is there as a permanent documentary evidence. Yet the government talks about GETFund and collect VAT with a passion that beats any rational being. Hypocrisy like this makes President Bush go hmmmmmm President Kufuor has called on civil society, opinion leaders, political parties, families, schools, the public and private sectors to join hands in the fight against corruption in the country. Looks like a sincere request, but a careful examination shows the president left out an obvious target: His Administration, i.e. himself & his ministers. Incomplete statements like this makes civil society, opinion leaders, political parties and families go hmmmmmm Mr. Joseph Henry Mensah, Senior Minister, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor George Hagan, Chairman of the National Commission on Culture, Mr. Elisabeth Villars, President of Association of Ghana Industries, and unknown Ms Mary Mensah all went to Rome to attend the consecration ceremony of Ghana's Cardinal-Designate, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson. What is wrong with us? Don’t our ministers have any work to do in Ghana? It’s trips like this that make tourist go hmmmmmm Have you heard the latest joke? Government is reviewing its policy on the Non-Motorized Transport Programme to make it more attractive for individuals to patronize cycling and walking as means to decongest the cities. Dr Richard Anane, Roads and Transport Minister, please start walking and we would follow. Sell your $20,000 car and buy a bicycle. It’s “do what I say, not what I do” policy that makes Ghanaians go hmmmmmm The President’s Special Initiative (PSI) on textiles launched by his Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor has nose-dived and if signals picked are anything to go by, the industry may finally crash not later than the first quarter of next year. If a PSI has failed, then I fear for non-PSI like our economy, education, health etc This failed PSI makes the other PSI go hmmmmmmmmm Chief Justice Acquah said “If you get me as the acting president, I would have reshuffled the whole cabinet before the return of the president “ How can you reshuffle the “best government Ghana ever had” Pronouncements like this that make President Kufuor go hmmmmmm Don't bother about the recent pact with the Ghana-US non-surrender agreement. Don't bother about the stinking corruption, which is at an all time high. Don't bother about the car loans for MPs. Don't worry about zero tolerance. Don't worry about the campaign promises. Don’t worry about positive change. Don't worry be happy.... Maybe we should also not worry about voting for you in 2004…. hmmmmmm Views expressed by the author(s) do not necessarily reflect those of GhanaHomePage.

Kojo Opoku
Kojo Opoku, © 2003

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