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07.05.2019 Feature Article

The Media In Ghana Must Act To Protect The National Interest At All Times

The Media In Ghana Must Act To Protect The National Interest At All Times

There is no question that the all-powerful and amoral cabals, which dominated our country from the shadows, under President Mahama, are now on the ascendancy again, under this regime too - as greedy backstabbers, determined to increase their network to stratospheric heights, by stealth, sabotage President Akufo-Addo.

The chicanery in Ghana's national economy's oil-sector provides ample proof of this abominable, unpardonable and unspeakable monstrosity. In light of that, clearly, it is only the media that can save Mother Ghana, now. That is why the more responsible sections of the Ghanaian media, ought to start focusing on how to halt the ongoing brutal gang-rape of Mother Ghana. From today. Not a tomorrow that never comes.

Do our country's patriotic and nationalistic media professionals (as opposed to the media landscape's many partisan-conscience-sellers), not realize that Mother Ghana will eventually collapse, and die, from the crime against humanity, which what she continues to experience, even under a sincere and principled sitting president, is tantamount to? Haaba.

For example, is there not a general consensus in Ghana today that instead of allowing our nation's oil and gas revenues to end up in private pockets - using the stealth-legal-cover of the innocuous-sounding phrase 'local content' - it is much better for those revenues to be used to fund free education from kindergarten to tertiary level? Ditto fund free universal-quality-healthcare in Ghana?

In other words, to secure the revenues justly due Mother Ghana, as a people, should we not be insisting that henceforth our rulung elites, should only sign production-sharing oil and gas agreements, which stipulate clearly that those deposists remain the properties of the people of Ghana, in whom sovereignty lies, under our system?

If they want to protect the national interest in this matter, then the time has now come for the Ghanaian media to closely study the oil agreements covering Iraq's Rumaila oil fields - and insist that that ought to be the model underpinning all Ghana's oil agreements. Past. Present. a Full stop. Nothing Machiavellian is possible under that contractual framework and regulatory regime.

Incredibly, meanwhile, instead of making that demand, the Ghanaian media is rather giving hypocritical politicians lacking moral compasses - vociferously arguing about the merits and demerits of virtually-criminal agreements signed by New Patriotic Party (NPP), and National Democratic Congress (NDC), administrations, covering oil blocks off our nation's shores - the oxygen of publicity to put a spin on their egregious duplicity.

Furthermore, as a people, must we not ponder why the media in Ghana is not condemning the endless borrowing to fund the expansion and modernization of our infrastructure - when companies, such as Bolloré, are self-financing similar projects in places such as Benin, Niger, and Burkina Faso: which that French conglomerate is linking up with a modern railway line from the Beninois coast? Why can't we do the same here too? The media in Ghana must act to protect the national interest in all matters. Enough is enough. Haaba.

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

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