Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Most Ghanaians often say that they are sick and tired of Ghana, while not a few admit that they are actually ashamed to be Ghanaians. However the truth is that they are proud Ghanaians who actually hate the Government for their gross ineptitude towards the affairs of our country Ghana.

Some actually describe the nation as a failed state but rather what we have is a failed government. There is a Chinese proverb that says “when a fish starts to rotten it starts from the head’ conversely what can one expect from a leadership that is politically and financially rotten?
Any sane and purposeful leader can make a desired change in nine months but half way through his first year not only are Ghanaians wondering what’s going on, their President Atta Mills is also waiting for someone to tell him what the heck is going on! He is like a pilot who is wondering why his plane has no auto pilot button.

According to Nicollo Machiavelli in his book ‘The Prince’ (If he reads, Atta should please spend an hour and half to read the book. It will do him good.) he said (and rightly so) that the major task of any ruler is to pick good advisers and once he has achieved this, the job of ruling the nation creditably is half achieved. Here our president has surrounded himself with a bunch of misfits and minions who are incapable of generating any idea or proffer any solution to move the nation forward.

A Communications director goes abroad and insults left, right and centre all in the name of helping the President come to power because he left his job at a bank.
What kind of advice can this man proffer? The same kindergarten boy has continually tainted our image both at home and abroad with his conflicting statements, action and inaction as regards the fight against drugs.

This brings us to another minister who in her desperate bid to be a minister condescended to be the one that does damage control for those whose stock in trade is to do everything their own way irrespective of the fact that it makes our country look bad.

She is so keen on rebranding hapless, homeless and hungry Ghanaians that she forgot that those that need to absorb the rebranding culture are her fellow ministers who go to radio stations with the intentions of beating up a journalist if speaks his mind about his work.

Also, the Deputy Chief of Staff who has turned the castle into a police station where imported posh cars only are seized from young men.

Though to be honest, I am utterly confused as to the effective way to get people who do not have access to potable water, electricity, health care, good roads, education and human dignity rebranded while those who under the guise of been professional politicians loot the country silly and sneer at the rebranding campaign claiming that the Minister is only looking for an avenue to feather her nest. Pray do tell what kind of advice she can proffer to President Atta ?
While our industries spend boardroom time mulling over why they should remain in Ghana instead of moving shop to South Africa.

No points for guessing the quality of advice President Atta will be receiving or has definitely received.
A minister of Health who sees his colleagues and other top government scurrying abroad to get a cure for a headache or to have a tooth extracted will definitely be the butt of jokes whenever he finds himself in the midst of other medical colleagues.

Perhaps he is doing his job and passing across the necessary pieces of advice to Atta and the President simply refuses to take any action, then I guess the honourable way out is for the minister to resign from the cabinet.

Jokes apart do we have ministers who handle and advice on transportation, roads, environment and labour? Our transport sector is spent, roads where available are decorated with potholes, fumes flaring from industries has destroyed our environment and health of citizens.
The economy is swimming dangerously down a precipice, and our or rather Atta’s economic advisers are obviously having such good time at Osu that they fail to see why people are complaining about the economy!

As far as they are concerned Ghanaians are a bunch of whiners and if they can just but stop whining for a second they will discover that the “Joshua Nyame” that is needed to revive our economy and put our nation on the path of rapid growth.

So while we wait for the ‘Joshua Nyame” to take effect and start work, can our economic egg heads whiling away at Accra look for another remedy in case Atta’s mighty power fails to produce the desired effect? I am not a pessimist but after nine months and the economy not showing any sign of recovery, I think its time to start shopping for other remedies.

The chief image maker cum spin doctor is a vibrant journalist with his caustic and incisive write ups on government action or inaction but now finds it more appropriate to leave more important issues behind and inform the nation that his benefactor has no intention to effect any change in his cabinet so the incompetent ministers should stop fretting!

He has now started writing promotional stories for his benefactor and even fights his internal fights for him, wonderful isn’t it.

Hungry Ghanaians can watch party Regional Chairmen and General Secretary in America on T.V having a good time at their expense-tax payers” we still love Ghana and Ghana will be great if only our Leaders will act like leaders and not like a combined team of armed robbers and terrorists out to destroy what they didn’t build.

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