Will the New Patriotic Party (NPP) go into opposition or will it “Break the 8”?
The main concerns of the people of Ghana are the lack of cash and resources (state of the economy?) to live decent lives:
a. no jobs for the youth…cash;
b. no jobs for University
c. delayed postings of
d. contractors not getting
e. ineffective Party
Communicators…cash and resources;
g. issues with recruitment of personnel into the security forces…cash;
h. family and friends govt…cash;
I. presidential travels on leased private jets…cash
j. complaints over the flamboyant
lifestyles of political
appointees…”adidigya” (uneven distribution of wealth) and cash;
k. issues of corruption…cash and adidigya; and
l. workers salaries that don’t match increases in prices of items in the system…cash, etc.
In view of the foregoing, the long list of infrastructural developments and pro-poor policies of the ruling government mean nothing to the people (the electorate).
Popular sayings of the people:
1. infrastructure does not put food on the table;
2. infrastructure does not put money in anybody’s pocket; and
3. infrastructural development is the responsibility of every government
(even former President John Dramani Mahama is reported to have said the same thing).
So why do ruling governments and their Parties keep trumpeting their achievements in areas that the electorate pay no attention to?
The long list above has to do with the welfare/wellbeing of the people.
The economy of the nation involves both the welfare/wellbeing of the people and infrastructural
***The people want and expect both.
They want both “aben wo ha” and “dabi dabi eb3y3 yie”.
Meanwhile, they have received only one of them.
What happened to the other one?
Who the electorate vote for will depend on the percentage of provision for their two needs.
***Let there be a sudden flow of cash in the system and you will see how many praises will be heaped on the ruling government/Party.
Do we ever learn from history?
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah concentrated on the infrastructural development of Ghana (Tema Township, Akosombo Dam, GIHOC Industries, etc.).
He was overthrown in February 1966 for what the new military cum police government said was “lack of basic needs and amenities”.
Dr. Nkrumah is reported to have replied that, “If I had known that milk and sugar were what the people wanted, I would have connected pipes for such to flow into their homes”.
Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong overthrew Prime Minister Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia and his Progress Party government in January 1972 with the excuse that even the little benefits they were enjoying under Dr. Nkrumah’s rule had been taken away from the people.
Flight Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and his friends overthrew the Acheampong/General FWK Akuffo’s NRC1/NRC2/SMC1/SMC2 with the excuse that there was a shortage of what was termed as “essential commodities”.
President Kufuor’s government was/is touted as one of the best in Ghana’s history because the commercial banks were “chasing business people to come for loans”.
Yes, come for readily available cash!!!
So why do governments and political parties still focus their campaigns on their achievements in infrastructural development?
The recommended solution:
a balance of the two needs of the people.
And what are the two needs of the people?
Answer: Welfare/wellbeing and infrastructural development.
•••Therefore focus on balancing the two, and victory will never elude you.
Rev. Dr. Kwadwo Adom Tufuor
Executive Director, Success Through Communication (STComm., a fully registered NGO);
“Campaign and Win, One Touch”;
“Praying Effective Prayers”.
Senior Pastor, Practical Christian Church, Arlington, Texas, USA.