GHANA’S ONGOING STRUGGLE PART 1: Corruption, Economic Woes, and the Dilemma of Political Change

Feature Article AlBaMa - Alan, Bawumia, Mahama
DEC 3, 2023 LISTEN
#AlBaMa - Alan, Bawumia, Mahama

Ghana, a nation with immense potential and promise, has faced a series of economic and political challenges that have left countless infrastructural projects in limbo. As the nation prepares for elections in just 12 months, a pivotal question looms large: should the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) take over the reins of governance, or should the New Patriotic Party (NPP) continue in power? This article delves into the complex interplay of economic hardships, corruption in governance, and the potential consequences of political change.

The economic situation in Ghana, like much of the world, is grappling with persistent challenges. These hurdles include fiscal deficits, inflation, public debt burdens, and the adverse effects of global economic instability. With such pressing issues on the horizon, it is uncertain whether the economic climate in Ghana will change significantly for the better by the time of the upcoming elections.

One of the most visible consequences of Ghana’s economic difficulties is the numerous stalled infrastructure projects. These projects are essential for the nation’s development and the well-being of its citizens. Whether the NPP stays in power or the NDC takes the reins, a pressing concern is the lack of adequate resources to both complete the existing projects and embark on new ones.

Corruption has been a longstanding issue in Ghana’s governance. It is, arguably, a major impediment to the nation’s progress. The relationship between corruption and politics is a complex one. A significant origin of corruption lies In the financial resources poured into the political arena, rendering politics an exceedingly costly venture. The insatiable need for campaign funds and the sheer display of financial resources during elections can drive individuals to engage in corrupt practices, including embezzlement and bribery.

The impending election poses a unique dilemma for Ghanaians. While political change is a fundamental aspect of democracy, it must be approached with careful consideration of the circumstances. The NDC is poised to take over the presidency, but their current candidate is eligible for only one term of four years. This limitation raises concerns about whether their leadership will prioritize the nation’s interests or focus on personal and political gain during their limited time in power.

Given the challenges at hand, a case can be made for continuity in the form of the NPP retaining power. While it may seem counterintuitive to some, the rationale is clear. The NPP, if reelected, would have more time to continue and complete the numerous stalled projects. A longer tenure can provide stability and the opportunity for sustained progress. However, this argument rests on the assumption that the NPP will be less prone to corruption.

Ghana finds itself at a critical juncture, with numerous stalled projects, deep-seated corruption, and a challenging economic landscape. The impending elections present a choice between political continuity and change. While change is a fundamental aspect of democracy, the decision should be made after careful consideration of the circumstances and the potential consequences.

The argument for the NPP's continuity hinges on the need for more time to address pressing issues, particularly stalled infrastructure projects. However, this choice comes with the expectation that the NPP can navigate the pitfalls of corruption more effectively than the NDC. The future of Ghana rests in the hands of its citizens, who must weigh the pros and cons of each option and make an informed decision that will shape the destiny of their nation.