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Change is Not Happening in Ghana

Hello Mr. President,
In this letter, I will attempt to illustrate that change is not happening in Ghana by applying your shifting position on infrastructural projects as a true measure of change in Ghana. Contrary to your brave effort at the State of the Nation address to rationalize infrastructure as evidence of change, you rejected infrastructure as an accurate measure of change in 2008.
Given your drifting position, Mr. President, it is impossible for you to convince Ghanaians to agree that change is happening on account of projects commissioned on borrowed monies rather than, earned national income. So, while one should commend infrastructural investments, it is beneficial if such investments occur as a function of economic growth.
But sadly, Mr. President, the projects you enumerated, every single one of them is occurring as a result of deficit spending. The economy has not created a jot of wealth since you took over hence, you avoid every discussion about the economy, though, it is the conversation Ghanaians want to have in this election year.
So, it is not surprising that a considerable number of Ghanaians disagree with your polished change and transformation address to the nation because the project investments, does not reflect national income. As a result, Ghanaians do not experience or see the evidence of change in their lives. Of particular note is the statement attributed to the youth group in Ketu South, the great World Bank of the NDC, echoing the widespread view that change is not happening in Ghana.
Mr. President, let me jog your memory as to why Ghana is not buying your change is happening message.
In 2008, Mr. President, you discredited President Kufuor and the NPP’s rationalization of change on account of their infrastructural improvements projects. You said Mr. President, “for the NPP to tell us they have constructed roads, schools, and bridges and other projects is an exercise in mediocrity. Every government does these.” Indeed, Ghanaians agreed with you in 2008. However, in 2016, Ghana disagrees with your administration because, by your own standards, infrastructural improvement projects does not equal change and transformation.
By this logic Mr. President, you should come to agree with the youths of Ketu South and the rest of Ghana that, the 2016 State of the Nation address devoted to praising your administration’s infrastructural projects is largely an exercise in commonness; because in your own words, every government is expected to develop infrastructure. There’s no two ways about it. None whosoever.
Thank you and, God bless Ghana.
Rejoinder to: letter@neoghana.com






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