Open Letter to Ghana Civil Society Organizations
Kindly permit me to congratulate you for all that you are doing to liberate the masses of Ghana from exploitation, abject poverty, slavery and misery.
As I congratulate you, I would like to encourage you to do more for the total liberation of the majority poor of Ghana from exploitation, abject poverty, slavery and misery.
It is an undeniable fact that Ghana has all that it takes to be a country where each and everyone has access to at least the basic necessities of life.
By God's grace, Ghana is 63 years old but unfortunately, majority of our people are still wallowing in abject poverty, slavery and misery.
The question on the lips of the masses of Ghana is: Inspite of our abundant human and natural resources, why is it that majority of Ghanaians are lacking the basic necessities of life such as, portable drinking water, decent toilet facilities, decent class rooms with decent tables and chairs, good roads and what have you?
when our Lord Jesus Christ says in the Bible that the poor shall always be with us, I strongly believe that he is not advocating for material poverty, neither is he interested in seeing people wallowing in abject poverty.
Our Lord Jesus Christ made the above famous statement because of excessive selfishness and greediness in the world. If we do well to love our neighbour as ourselves and do away with excessive selfishness and greediness, there will be no materially poor person in Ghana.
The main driving force or factor that brings about wholistic human development is money. Even if the sitting President and his Finance Minister are truly Angels, and they do not have money, there is no way they can provide social amenities to Ghanaians. And this is the main reason why someone has composed a song that says, 'Sika ye mogya( money is blood ). Indeed, without money, we are doomed.
Therefore, whatever money comes to the state coffers, for the development of Ghana, it is our civic responsibility to make sure that those who are in- charge of Ghana's money, use it in such a way that, nobody lacks the basic necessities of life.
Ghana has all that it takes to be a super power. But today, which institution in Ghana is responsible for directly putting our ruling governments on their toes on behalf of all Ghanaians, to use Ghana's money in such a way that nobody lacks the basic necessities of life?
Which institution is responsible for directly holding the ruling government accountable on behalf of the citizenry? Who is responsible for protecting the public purse?
It appears Ghana has nobody to directly hold the ruling government accountable, protect Ghana's purse and putting the ruling government on its toes to use Ghana's money in such a way that nobody lacks the basic necessities of life. Hence, the masses are defenceless and so since the overthrow of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkuromah, day in and day out, the masses of Ghana, are inflicted with exploitation, abject poverty, slavery and misery. The masses have no Saviour, except their God, what a pity!
When a political party is in opposition, it speaks with angelic voice, but as soon as it comes to power, majority of its leading members eat Ghana with their two hands, as if Ghana will be no more in five minutes time.
Mother Ghana, is bleeding profusely and majority of her children are inflicted with exploitation, abject poverty, slavery and misery, because, nobody and no institution, has the courage to ask the ruling government to account for every pesewa that it received on behalf of Ghana before the next election. And so Ghana's money is used in such a way that inspite of our huge resources, majority of Ghanaians have become slaves in their own country.
When the Auditor General presents its annual report to Ghanaians, who takes it serious?
In view of Ghana's 'defenceless' I would like to appeal to all our Civil Society Organizations to come together to form National Coalition for protecting Ghana's purse and directly holding the ruling government accountable so as to help liberate the suffering masses from naked exploitation, abject poverty, slavery and misery, because unity is strength.
Do well to have your branches in all the district capitals. Set up a foundation to support your work and I believe the masses will support you and they will be very grateful to you.
Rev. Fr. James Ignatius Yaw Amponsah
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