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03.11.2019 Feature Article

A Prosperous Ghana Is Within Our Reach - Let Us Strike Out To Grab It Now Not tomorrow!

A Prosperous Ghana Is Within Our Reach - Let Us Strike Out To Grab It Now Not tomorrow!

As an aspirational African people, the paradox is that the citizens of Ghana, and their liberal-democratic nation, have everything needed to turn Ghanaian society into a paradise-on-earth. Literally. Key to that is a media very much alive to it's responsibilities as the fourth arm of government, playing a watchdog role and boldly speaking truth to power, at all material times.

If only we all constantly thought of Mother Ghana's well-being, and sought to promote the welfare of future generations of our people, nothing would stop us from successfully transforming ours into a prosperous and inclusive African society. We need politicians cast in the mould of the no-nonsense and hardworking Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the minister for roads and highways, whose unalloyed patriotism and love of country, are so obvious. Cool.

A case in point: Instead of the minister for finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, rushing to empower yet another cohort of wealthy and powerful entrepreneurs, blessed with good political connections, to attempt to asset-strip the enterprise Ghana too, why do we not rather take our time to prepare the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), for an IPO on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), to raise sufficient cash to help modernise it, through digitisation and utilising IoT operational solutions? Would that not help turn Ghana into a share-owning democracy too? Haaba.

And, if a global search is began for a suitably high powered CEO with a solid world-class track record - whose performance contract will have targets that will all have to be met for renewal of same - surely, the ECG can become a more efficient and profitable, partially-state-owned utility company? Hmmm, Oman Ghana eyeasem ooooo. Asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa. Yooooo. Hmmmm...

Honesty. Selflessness. Patriotism. Constantly seeking the common-good. Those are some of the leadership qualities that Mother Ghana requires from members of our political class and political parties. Ditto the citizenry. A prosperous Ghana is actually within our reach. Let us strike out to grab that Ghana-beyond-aid-opportunity. Now. Not tomorrow.

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

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