It appears some Ghanaians are not happy with the level of development in the country in the face of the 59th Independence Day Anniversary celebrations.
Ghana, on Sunday, celebrated her 59th Independence anniversary on the theme: “Investing in the Youth for Ghana’s Transformation.”
President John Dramani Mahama has called on all, especially members of his administration to be ready to sacrifice for the children of today in order to inherit a peaceful future.
“We are the ones that must ensure there is liberty in our lands. Every year school children are included in the Independence Day parade, not for the purposes of entertainment but as a representation of our nation’s future.
“These children are the future of Ghana… it’s our responsibility to safeguard our independence so that the nation that we leave for our children to inherit will also be free, peaceful and democratic,” Mahama told a parade of school children, service personnel, political leaders including the presidents of Kenya and Guinea Bissau Uhuru Kenyatta and Jose Mario Vaz respectively.
He added: “The future we are building is situated on the grounds that our forebears broke. In the future these children who marched here today will be depending on our attitudes and actions. The successes and failures of these nations belong to all of us.
“We have to provide today’s children with a solid foundation… We must invest ourselves not only in the achievements the nation has chalked but also in the challenges because each of us is the face of Ghana. We must use discussions to strengthen who we are as one nation. We can’t encourage conversations that will discourage us and weaken our morale.”
Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea joined their colleague President Mahama to review a national parade of school children, voluntary organisations and security services at the Black Star Square.
But some Ghanaians are not too happy with the development in the country.
A section of them who spoke a in telephone conversation with sit-in host of TOP FM’s morning show Kwesi Fokuo Kudom, on Monday, said the country is currently bedeviled with the lack of teaching and learning materials including chalk as well as furniture in the basic schools.
Others also expressed concerns about how some intellectuals have failed to apply the chains of degrees they had acquired to help transform the lives of the people.
Kulikuli, a resident in Tema, noted that “although Ghana had independence before Malaysia, it cannot compete with Malaysia in terms of development.”
“God save Ghana,” he told Kwesi Fokuo Kudom.
Adams, who also called into the programme complained about how the energy crisis has collapsed several businesses. He also raised issues about water shortage in most part of the country.
“This should not be happening in a 59year old Ghana,” he said.
Several other people who spoke on TOP Fm morning show complain abut low level of infrastructural development.