THE BASICS

By CHRISTABEL DADZIE

Ok… so I am usually a very very patriotic Ghanaian. I am usually the one championing our flag – from football to politics; from social issues to economics, but today, I find it important as a patriot to tell it like it is, or as my American friends say, “call out my people”!

We are in 2011, President Mills, I hope you or someone that has enough clout is reading… sorry, I repeat, we are in 2011:

Today:

1. Almost every part of Accra has no water flowing through the taps. Reason – the two major water suppliers cannot pump water because of the very frequent electricity outages. I asked a friend, what is different now than decades ago – we’ve always had power outages. The answer – the power outages are more frequent and the two organizations don’t talk! Statistics – for every minute of blackout, results in 6hrs of water shortage. Check the date…

2. And then you complain about a cholera outbreak? How won’t there be an outbreak if there is no water in most parts of the country? People are drinking dirty water duh!

3. In a University where we are training tomorrow’s leaders, someone steals phones and they are greatly molested??? Really??? Whatever happened to the law? Why take the law into your own hands, and they were so confident of their acts that they didn’t even care when they knew it was being filmed
– huh? where is your education?

4. Motor cyclists disobey the law in broad day light and policemen just watch them pass by and witness all these accidents?! Then at night, the policeman comes asking me for money? Really? Dude, I wouldn’t mind giving you some of my hard-earned cash if you did your job!

5. And what’s with all the traffic? Can’t someone just get it right – why does construction have to happen during rush hour? Why can’t they work at night? Why do we have all these man holes at construction sites? People, real people are dying! Jeez!!!

6. I could talk about Korlebu Teaching Hospital today… but I think I’ll leave that for now… It’s 2011!!! Oh yea, and Ghana is supposed to be middle income!  So am I giving my country a bad name, Yes! Do I love my country, More than anything! Why I am writing…

Media, please clear your headlines (except for the part talking about Cote D’Ivoire) and let’s call our politicians out! It’s time for some real action, Mr. President- are you really *dzi-ing wo fie asem* and whatever happened to your declared year of action??? I know these things are not solved easily, but it doesn’t take much genius to solve some of these problems…

This is not an NDC-NPP issue – it’s an I love Ghana issue! I really don’t care if the former First Lady is going to stand for NDC’s presidential ticket or CPP is annoyed at the media or NPP is rallying for all die be die! I need some governance, people… governance, not politics. Focus and get back to the basics – Electricity, Water, health and education (scroll up). That’s it – forget the rest, at least for now!

From a disgruntled, very patriotic citizen. (And yes, I know that for every one of these points, there are some very wonderful things happening in the country as I type, so before you criticize me for saying these, let’s not accept mediocrity any further. We’re doing great, yes, but that does not justify the negative issues).

Copyright 2011 Christabel Dadzie

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2 Responses to THE BASICS

  1. Ollie says:

    The problems you have outlined so far are hardly local to Ghana – if you were to replace Ghana with Nigeria in this article, you would still be spot on, a disheartening reality for the two most “prosperous” countries in West Africa. Even worse in Nigeria is that our politicians, including at the local and state levels, get paid more than 4 times the salary of the president of the United States! I can’t think of a regional solution, except to mobilize the masses into shaming these politicians and create more independent watchdog groups to keep them accountable. Your article is a good start….

  2. Ollie,
    I’m more sanguine about 9ja than most. There is alot going on for the nation, not least of which is probably the most developed human capital on the continent. The missing ingredients is the creation of an enabling environment for these talented individuals to return home. With this new elections, the freest and fairest in generation, I hope the powers that be will set the ball rolling. Keep fingers crossed and hope alive.

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