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25.11.2010 Feature Article

LET'S INFORM TO MISINFORM

LET'S INFORM TO MISINFORM
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INCREASINGLY the new found oil (black gold) in Ghana is generating several hullabaloos every single day. There is never a day in this country of ours where the media and civic society won't utter a word without a reference to the so called the 'economic messiah' who will turn the fortunes and livelihoods of the people of Ghana into that of a haven on earth.

One recent of such instances is the chiefs and people of the Western region demanding for their share of the national 'economic messiah'. Yes I said chiefs and people because if it is only the chiefs, they represent the people.

So who's turn will it be next, for me it didn't make a bit of logic and not to talk about the implications this new development is likely to generate.

THE QUESTION

Assuming the people of Ashanti,Volta,Brong Ahafo and other regions who's farmers toil contribute to the much acclaimed cocoa producing country of ours also demands for whatever percent, where will the nation be? I am just trying to find out and more unarguably emptying my mind.

MY BEEF

My objective is to put across what as a genuine Ghanaian I think is not a healthy development in our quest to adequately distribute our God given resources.

If at all there is any iota of truth in the sage 'unity lies in strength' then it is in only as a united country we can adequately develop all the undeveloped parts of our dear nation. I share and strongly believe that the people of the Western region deserve much better than they have now but the solution to this abhorring effect on the people of the Western region is a very strong and committed political will not 10 percent of the "so called" oil revenue.

MY REASONS

Let's assume again that the national cake meant for developing the Western region is given to the people of that region to develop their own region, your guess is as right as mine. Doom! That is what we will see; the point is that this same act of inhumane, disrespect and blatant uncommitment to giving us what is due us will still be with us.

May be we can say that politicians in their quest to claim and clad themselves with power should share in this dilemma, don't ask me why because we all saw how politicians with different ideologies but the same umbilical cord tried hard as they did to score political points misinformed Ghanaians about what really there is in the oil for them.

I have my reservations as a Ghanaian but our people say that when you see a toad in the day, then there is something that is pursuing it. Hence my reservations becomes unreserved because FOR HOW LONG CAN WE WAIT AND SEE OUR PEOPLE PERISH IN IGNORANCE, LACK OF INFORMATION AND BE MISINFORMED?.

NATHANIEL MENSAH
(www.natmensah.blogspot.com/[email protected])
THE WRITER IS THE S.R.C VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GHANA INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISM

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