Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the minister for information, pleaded with the minority of the opposition National Democratic Congress in Parliament just a few days ago to consider the national interest and work with the majority to pass the three unfinished revenue bills so that the government could obtain executive board level agreement with the International Monetary Fund. I regret to inform the poor Ghanaians that the minister for information, like all NPP officials, has let them down.
I have to be cautious with my words because I am resentful of how the NPP government, particularly the president, Akufo Addo, treats Ghanaians. The current president wouldn't have been such a careless, reckless leader if he respected Ghanaians and expressed concern for their predicament. We cannot deny that the world is getting harder, but if Akufo Addo's goal was to honestly serve Ghana, things wouldn't have been as terrible. The man and his family entered into Ghana’s politics to loot the state.
Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah was appointed to serve Ghanaians, but the information minister has repeatedly demonstrated that he is only concerned with maintaining the viability of his political party and keeping his job. This is where I disagree with him. The minister for information has never intervened on behalf of the oppressed people to caution the president about his extravagant spending and massive, pervasive corruption, which have damaged both domestic and foreign investments.
Ghanaians should question Akufo Addo and his relative, Ken Ofori-Atta if the disasters that struck the nation did occur while Mahama was in power because they claimed Mahama was incompetent and corrupt.
The president has been connected to every corruption scandal, including the one involving the Ghana Harbor and Ports Authority and illegal mining, which has hurt Ghana's infrastructure, leading to one of the highest unemployment rates ever noted in the country's political history. Since Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah believes it will harm his party, he never speaks against what is going wrong in the government. That makes him self-centered, greedy, dishonest, and inept.
The NPP administration has completely failed in its duty to create employment that will benefit young people and boost the nation's economy. Akufo Addo's only skill is devising taxation schemes to tax the poor people he has failed to give jobs to since he took office nearly seven years ago. This is in addition to corruption, stealing a sizeable portion of the COVID funds, and burdening Ghana with a massive debt by borrowing without disclosing the purpose of the funds.
The poor Ghanaians protested vehemently against the E-Levy's implementation, but the NPP government disregarded their cries and still approved the bill, making it the topic of the most heated discussion in parliament. When he had to bring an NPP politician who is paralyzed in bed to parliament by ambulance to help pass the bill, I discovered how heartless Akufo Addo was. In the end, the E-Levy failed, eradicating thousands of employment that the underprivileged had spent years building.
Thousands of Ghanaians are currently without work as a result of the NPP government's embargo on employment, which has increased the unemployment rate. The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong- Nkrumah, is pleading with the Minority to accept the new Revenue Amendment Bills even though many people cannot afford to consume three meals a day. The information serves Ghanaians, therefore; he ought to show his concern for the underprivileged.
The fact that I continue to assert that Akufo Addo is not an intelligent and capable leader and that his cousin Ken Ofori-Atta is also a clueless Finance Minister infuriates many people. The tragic situation in Ghana right now is that the Akufo Addo family has a mouth that can speak with a sugar-coated tongue to win the hearts of the populace, but in reality, they are like adults with a child's brain; they don't know what to do and boost the economy, despite the nation's rich resources.
Since people who have devoted their lives to fighting corruption in Ghana, like this writer, Sam Okudzeto, and Anas, have been attacked by those undesirable elements who view them as a threat, Ghana has been a very destructive nation with no progress. If corrupt politicians are allowed to continue their offenses with impunity, Ghana cannot develop. This is one of the reasons I have been pleading with the parliament to pass legislation that would jail dishonest officials since last year.
If Ghana is a democratic nation, as it purports to be, it wouldn't have been difficult to do this considering that corrupt politicians and judges are imprisoned in the US. Therefore, we must ascertain the reasons behind Ghana's particular reluctance to approve that legislation. Does that imply that every politician in that nation is corrupt? That's how I feel because I can only imagine Eugene Arhin's wealth after his wife exposed him, and I can only assume what Ghanaians learned after Sir John's passing.
Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, the minister of information, should have addressed the people and apologized because many Ghanaians lost faith in this specific government as a result of Akufo Addo's request for power from them and his subsequent failure to live up to his promises after receiving it. Akufo Addo is the most dishonest and slothful Ghanaian president in the country's political history.
Ghanaians are now observing the Minority for sharing the same lack of sincerity as the NPP politicians. When the E-Levy bill was eventually passed, they broke their promise to Ghanaians that they would battle against its implementation. They finally accepted bribes and gave their approval after making a promise to stop the appointment of K.T. Hammond and the others as ministers. The NPP warned Ghanaians that the NDC was not in their best interests, but Mahama's administration avoided experiencing any of these bad times.
In my opinion, to receive a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund, Akufo Addo needs to reduce the number of his over 110 officials; he shouldn’t pile up more burdens on the downtrodden masses, more importantly, it is their incompetence that has brought this disaster. Desperate people behave in desperate ways; in parliament, the NPP politicians are coming up with strategies to make the populace hate the NDC and if the ignorant embrace it, that will be the final demise of Ghana as a nation.