It is really a “Shakedown,” not a “Showdown,” if the widely reported to be disgruntled NABCO Trainees calling themselves The Coalition of NABCO Trainees (CONAT) are really interested in learning about the God-Home Truth. Which is that absolutely no government even in the most economically advanced industrial and postindustrial Western democracies has ever been able to guarantee full-capacity or 100-percent job opportunities to its teeming youthful population and prospective and potential employees who actually qualify for these jobs (See “We’ll Launch Unemployment Youth Alliance Against Your Presidential Bid, We’ll Give You [a] Showdown – Angry NABCO [Youth] to Bawumia” Modernghana.com 11/13/23). So, chuckle and quickly get over this John “European Airbus Payola” Dramani Mahama-touted empty promise of creating a 24-Hour Economy in the highly unlikely event of the twice-defeated, one-term former President’s being returned to Jubilee House.
The incontrovertible fact of the matter is that on an objectively assayed balance sheet, there is absolutely no way that any of all the previous Fourth-Republican governments, including the very progressive erstwhile John “The Gentle Giant” Agyekum-Kufuor-led government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), could be seriously reckoned to have created more viable and/or livable-waged jobs for the youths of our beloved Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana, much less any of the three preceding National Democratic Congress (NDC)-sponsored ragtag governments of the late President Jeremiah “Jerry” John Rawlings, the late President John Evans Atta-Mills, and former President John “Ford Expedition Payola” Dramani Mahama, than the present Akufo-Addo-led and Mahamudu Bawumia-partnered government of the New Patriotic Party.
It is quite clear that the so-called CONAT Patron, Nana Barimah Asamoah, and his grossly misguided associates of brazen political opportunists do not know or fully understand what they are talking about or foolishly deluding themselves about, else they would have promptly realized the impregnable fact that the Akufo-Addo-led and Bawumia-partnered government of the New Patriotic Party has creditably acquitted itself at all levels and fronts of our national development agenda, otherwise this progressive pair would not have been consecutively retained at Jubilee House or been democratically mandated by an overwhelming majority of the Ghanaian electorate. The CONAT Patron and his associates may also obviously be rather much too young to remember that even President Agyekum-Kufuor, until the landmark and auspicious accession to the Presidency by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, unarguably the best-performing Fourth-Republican leader, was virulently accused of having epically and apocalyptically failed to deliver on his electioneering-campaign promises to both his staunch supporters among the rank-and-file membership of the New Patriotic Party and the larger national and global Ghanaian community at large.
The former Member of Parliament from Atwima-Nwabiagya, in Rural Asante, would be reviled and contemptuously nicknamed “Medofo Adaadaa Me,” to wit, “My Beloved Has Royally Screwed Me,” not exactly in the conjugal or coital sense of the term, by the way. Plus, we also need to significantly add that the resonant success story of the Bawumia-partnered Akufo-Addo government has not been exclusively all about the creation of livable-waged jobs for our teeming population of poorly educated and occupationally woefully underprepared youths, for the most part. We need to also significantly underscore the landmark and the historically unprecedented implementation of the Fee-Free Senior High School System, functional kinks and all, which has actually created a conspicuously enhanced avenue for approximately a Quarter-Million Youths, annually, to further develop and hone their diverse skills, aptitudes and talents, a critical aspect of our national life and the destiny of our most beloved nation that had been callously and criminally neglected by the previous Mahama regime, on the dubious grounds of the country’s woefully lacking the requisite fiscal resources for the progressive implementation of the same, even while kleptocratic Mahama cabinet appointees regularly and routinely took home double salaries every month.
In reality, what we need and ought to be talking about presently is how to educate and produce secondary and tertiary graduates who are competent and capable of applying their deliberately and systematically acquired skills to socioeconomically transform our country in the areas of job creation, entrepreneurial skills development, agriculture and food security, as a whole, and with the latter, the exponential growth and development of health, communications, science and technology. In other words, what is direly needed in Ghana right now are highly trained creative, innovative and critically thinking scholars, intellectuals, professionals, technocrats (including engineers of all shades and stripes, information technologists and computer scientists), not by-rote trained passive consumers and pathological seekers of instant gratification madly chasing the very limited available resources of contemporary Ghanaian society.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of English
SUNY-Nassau Community College
Garden City, New York
November 13, 2023
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