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03.01.2020 Feature Article

The Boiling Point Of Politics In Ghana

The Boiling Point Of Politics In Ghana
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Ghana is in a difficult period, which reflects on many aspects of our political, social, and economic lives, in a country, poor management, corrupt judiciary system, financial irregularities, and poor leadership, have taken its toll on common citizens.

According to the World Bank, 48 percent of young Ghanaians aged between 15 and 24, do not have regular employment, in the abysmal gap between the backwardness of the rural and urban population.

Apart from financial irregularities, the challenges Ghana faces today attributes to the strong indebtedness of the country, the poor development of the industry and above all the unequal distribution of resources.

Most of the resources which abound - oil, cocoa, precious woods and stones, fish and tropical fruit, are firmly in the hands of a few multinational exploiters, therefore, the common Ghanaians don't actually benefit from the treasures of the country.

In Ghana, 65% of the territory is agricultural but the gap between rural areas and large cities is widening.

It must be said that good results are difficult to achieve with tax revenue of only 19.9% ​​of GDP. A satisfactory management and control policy is still lacking in this aspect.

Urbanization, which is growing at a very fast rate leads to economic and commercial progress, however, it creates new pockets of extreme poverty and a mass of underprivileged people, who pour into slums in conditions below the subsistence threshold.

There are many places throughout Ghana, struggling to have water, good medical facilities, and proper roads and like every city without employment for most of the youth, prostitution and gang warfare are at stake. The reason armed robbery is common.

Recently, I read that about 7.3 million Ghanaians still live without electricity, despite the resources this country produces, above all the Akosombo dam produces large quantities of hydroelectric energy but sold to neighbouring Togo and Benin.

The reality of these decades has been a little different. Political opportunism, the desire for power, the sale of land and resources, and the desire to get rich behind the population, have created a weak governance structure in Ghana.

The only thing which makes me feel happy about Ghana, which also I believe encourages foreign nationals to love the country is, six decades after independence, Ghanaians have the power and precisely the ability to remain united.

Despite the impact of tribalism and nepotism in some areas, Ghanaians always remain united. I wish they will always remain the same because what a country loses through violence, whether casualties or property, costs a lot of money or can't be replaced.

It is likely that some regions in Ghana are not receiving a fair share of national resources, therefore, poverty is heavy in such regions. For example, the Volta region, which includes the coastal strip towards the border with Togo, is mainly empty.

Resources in Ghana are for Ghanaians, not for multinational exploiters, therefore, it must be used to develop the country, without the neglection of any region. This will build a strong foundation of peace in the country than what Ghanaians enjoy now.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2020

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Column Page: JoelSavage

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