Tue, 21 Feb 2023 Feature Article

There must be a day of reckoning for those who have brought Ghana to such a sorry pass

There must be a day of reckoning for those who have brought Ghana to such a sorry pass

Prior to regaining control of our nation from the grasping-grib of the British occupiers of our country, in 1957, then Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, envisioned an industrialised modern African nation, which would be a meritocracy.

Nkrumah's dream, was that Ghana would become a modern African nation, in which, through hard work, regardless of how humble an individual's background was, he or she could realise their full potential in life through education - and contribute their quota to the nation- building process leading to the transformation of our homeland into a prosperous and equitable society: in which no tribe would be regarded as superior or inferior to another.

Today, Ghana, a nation that could be one of the most prosperous society's on the surface of the planet Earth, faces ruination, as a result of its inability to pay interest on its massive public debt.

That debt was incurred ostensibly to fast-track the expansion and modernisation of Ghana's infracture.

However, vast sums out of Ghana's mammoth-sized public debt, eventually ended up (over the decades since independence), in the pockets and offshore bank accounts, of sundry ruthless and thoroughly dishonest state-capture rent-seekers, in legitimised-grand-larceny cloaked as public procurement sanctioned by Parliament.

Surely, there must be a day of reckoning for all those whose greed and dishonesty has brought Nkrumah's envisioned Ghana to such a sorry pass, Ghanafuo? Hmmm, Oman Ghana - enti y3wiaye paaa, enie? Asem kesie bi, ebeba debi ankaasa, oooo. Yoooooooo...

By Kofi Thompson