Today Ghanaians will have the opportunity to listen to what is set to be a critical analysis of the state of the local currency and by extension, the economy.
It is our expectation that by the time Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia ? an economist of international repute and vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 general elections ? is done with his delivery, we would know the truth which is definitely in short supply at this time of the country?s economic history.
These are the times when ivory towers such as the Central University College, should set up platforms like they are doing today, for the people of this country to learn the truth firsthand from luminaries like the economist/politician.
Many are they who have withdrawn into their cocoons, fearing the unwarranted insults they would be subjected to when Dr. Bawumia picks holes in the management of the economy. That should neither be the feature of an academic nor a politician worthy of their credentials. Let them stand up and be counted among the fearless who are ready to point out the shortcomings and be damned.
The economy appears rudderless and the people denied all the facts that would make them appreciate the quantum of the self-inflicted challenges they have been plunged into by the wilful destruction of the economic fundamentals.
And what better person than the man who predicted the state in which we are in today. It is instructive to note that at the time that he made the prediction, he was subjected to the usual tongue-lashing by party hounds.
Now that the predictions have come to pass and we are floundering in the choppy waters of an indisposed economy, it would be appropriate if we were served with informed information about the consequences of what we are currently encountering.
Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? What can deliver us from the economic bondage in which we are entrapped? Are we suffering the consequences of a reckless management of the economy? Will those responsible ever own up so we can move on? For how long are we to hold out under the circumstances?
It is our hope that when Dr. Bawumia mounts the rostrum the answers we are yearning to hear would ooze out without inhibition. Gone are the days when Ghanaians were content with the pieces of propaganda from the government machinery. Today, the citizens want to know more and would, for instance, not be content with a mere announcement that an Energy Minister had been sent to go and engage with his Nigerian counterpart on the issue of supplying gas to feed our electricity generating systems, thanks to incisive discussions on the various media platforms strewn across the country. Media plurality has primed the people to be able to minnow the chaff from the grains.
We can predict a panic reaction to the presentation when it ends. We would have rather such a reaction is devoid of obscenities but laden with informed queries, which address the issues raised. That is only a wish and we doubt if we would have it.