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And Just What Did Mahama Supervise, Mr. Cudjoe?

Feature Article And Just What Did Mahama Supervise, Mr. Cudjoe?
TUE, 18 JUN 2024 LISTEN

Among the Akan, we have a maxim or proverb that says that: “It is the watercarrier who eventually breaks the waterpot” or crock. It is quite obvious to me that Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, the Founder-President of the IMANI public policy institute, never heard of this proverb or he may just have conveniently decided to ignore the same. Which is why he appears to be so blindly inclined to envisage Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the one “Ghanaian President who supervised the most fiscally reckless economy in the history of the country since Independence” (See “Akufo-Addo's legacy is that he supervised the most fiscally reckless economy since independence – Franklin Cudjoe” Modernghana.com 6/10/24).

Now, I don’t know how much of postcolonial Ghanaian history it is that Mr. Cudjoe has read and/or critically digested in order for him to arrive at such a hyperbolical conclusion. Which, obviously, is absolutely not in any way meant to hold any blind brief for the major managerial flaws of the twice-elected former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the government of the John “The Gentle Giant” Agyekum-Kufuor-led government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Even so, there is absolutely no way in which the former Agyekum-Kufuor-appointed Foreign Minister and Minister of ECOWAS Integration could be fairly and objectively described as a leader who caused far more fiscal damage to Ghana’s economy than the globally infamous Architect of the veritable boondoggle that was the ethno-regionally skewed so-called Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), the Bole-Bamboi native from the Akufo-Addo-created Savannah Region, to wit, the twice-defeated, one-term former President John “I Have No Classmates In Ghana” Dramani Mahama with whom the IMANI policy institute “think-tanker,” my profound apologies to Kenya’s Prof. P L O Lumumba, has become fast friends in recent months.

I guess what I am unmistakably driving at here is the fact that it constitutes the very height of blind hypocrisy for Mr. Cudjoe and his IMANI cohorts to cavalierly suppose that the callous and the deliberate denial of at least ONE-MILLION talented and able-bodied Ghanaian youths a Fee-Free Access to Senior High, Technical, Vocational and STEM Public Education System was one of the finest legacies bequeathed Ghanaians by the man who has publicly been shamelessly campaigning on the intellectually insulting platform of being allowed by the overwhelming majority of Ghanaian voters to return to Jubilee House, so that “he could correct his past mistakes” on double or twice the time that it ought to have taken Kwame Gonja to avoid precisely these same mistakes, assuming that, indeed, these were really genuine mistakes, and not simply the congenitally gross incompetence of the man the universally acclaimed Founding-Father of whose own political party never allowed any prime opportunity to slip by without describing his own former protégé and Communications Minister as the “most thoroughgoing corrupt Ghanaian leader” in the postcolonial era.

As for Mr. Cudjoe’s publicly expressed desire to patch up his differences and make up with his “old friend,” should the legendary and the proverbial Leprechaun of Akyem-Abomosu and Kyebi decide to pen and publish a post-presidential memoir profusely apologizing for his egregious leadership flaws, that is rather a very cheap shot and sell, to say the least. The fact of the matter is that Ghanaians quadrennially vote to select their leaders, knowing fully well that they are not voting to elect infallible humans from outer space, but only the best and the most competent and visionary cream from among our congenitally fallible human lot. Which is not to say that if Nana Akufo-Addo wrote his post-presidential memoir tomorrow, in which the legendary author of the globally celebrated Repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, as the Agyekum-Kufuor-appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, profusely apologized for the egregious errors of the ways of his government and expired tenure, there would be anything decidedly wrong or egregiously amiss with the same. Absolutely not!

For by and large, we are, each and every one of us, creatures pathologically prone to flaws and human foibles, both egregious and relatively benign. We also sincerely don’t see anything fiscally reckless about the very progressive decision of a newly elected President Akufo-Addo’s reinvesting the humongous sum of $2 billion (USD) to promptly resuscitate the Mahama-bankrupted Agyekum-Kufuor-implemented National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). And oh, yes, the mode and manner in which Nana Akufo-Addo went about executing his purely private and ill-fated National Cathedral Project leaves much to be desired. Even so, this egregious and unmistakably flagrant national contretemps could be absolutely and aptly deemed to be reckless in much the same way that the Serial and the Dynastic Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress-brokered fiscally irreparable STX Housing Scam that cost Ghanaian taxpayers at least $250 million (USD) in Judgment Debt to the South Korean architectural and building construction firm by the name of STX, without a single brick being set by way of a building foundation on the ground.

And by the way, why is Mr. Cudjoe also not calling for Mr. Mahama to “unghostly” write another memoir apologizing for his legion high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated against some 35-million-plus citizens of our Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana? At least Nana Akufo-Addo got elected twice, consecutively, for his yeomanly efforts to move our beloved nation at least one notch on the national and the global development ladder. Or is criminally having a remarkable percentage of Mahama cabinet and executive appointees take home double salaries at the expense of our Teacher and Nurse Trainees, to name just two groups of professional trainees, Mr. Cudjoe’s idea of what constitutes a real national development policy agenda?

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of English
SUNY-Nassau Community College
Garden City, New York
June 13, 2024
E-mail: [email protected]

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