Mbura’s Notes: The Agony of the John Mahama led administration and lessons learnt
In Ghana, majority of its inhabitants live below 1 US Dollar a day, following close to eight years of sufferings due to one or two persons not executing their duties or are been deliberate in their actions.
The sufferings reached its peak after the demise of sitting President, Prof Evans Attah Mills of blessed memory, May his gentle Soul rest in Peace.
He was one person who hated corruption and did all he could to stop it though some individuals in his party thwarted his efforts. Late President Mills was and still remembered for his humility, God fearing nature and compassion for the poor. Left to him alone, the less privileged would be more comfortable than the wealthy political class. No wonder he was accorded the Accolade “Asumdwoe Hene”, meaning the “man of Peace “.
He was a Fante, hence had some humour when addressing Ghanaians.
He accepted criticisms and responded to criticisms silently without provocation. Prof Evans Attah Mills on several occasions explained and pleaded with Ghanaians and gave them hope in his government. With his appealing Personality, even those who were not Members of the NDC liked and praised him for his compassion.
Now, things in the country appeared to have come to a halt in every sector of the economy after his death. President John Dramani Mahama his then Vice President was sworn into office to lead Ghanaians.
He hails from Bole Bamboi in the Northern Part of Ghana.
President Mahama is an energetic young man and a good communicator with Vision. He won the 2012 elections after ending Prof Evans Attah Mills’ tenure in office. So officially, his Administration started 2013.
The journey begun with so many challenges with the Energy sector crippling and later the Ghanaian
Cedi joined the race but Ghanaians emotions were been played with vague promises.
Each public gathering came with a promise from government however, the more promises came, the more
the sufferings intensified. The Power crisis crippled businesses and more people were losing jobs each day because most employers could no longer pay and have to reduce cost.
Painfully, prices of goods and every other thing started sky rocketing as a result of hikes in utility bills. One would have thought that with the hikes in utility tariffs, there will be a reasonable service from the Utilities Regulatory
Body, but it was rather worst.
Deadlines have been given to end the infamous “dumsor “ an Akan word meaning “off and on “ but all to
no avail. This Word gained International recognition to the extent that the Encyclopaedia captured it with a meaning.
The era children used to jubilate whenever the light was off and switched on is no more because even a one or two year old knows it has become a norm. I can say that Some children have been born without seeing lights in the first four days they were born in this 21st Century.
Dumsor has caused much sufferings, frustration, emotional and psychological trauma to most “Bread Winners “. Some have committed and others have attempted suicide because their businesses have collapsed whiles others have been laid off miserably. In fact, Ghana has now become a haven for the fittest. where “hand to mouth “ is the order of the day.
Not withstanding the suffering and impoverishment, dubious deals have been witnessed in government dealings at the expense of the poor tax payer. The recent unforgivable deal is the re-branding of 116 Buses at a cost of 3.6million Ghana Cedis. A huge amount of Course!!!
People call into radio programs and are frustrated to the extent of weeping uncontrollably because of the suffering they are going through whiles government is spending money recklessly. Hmmmmm is indeed a pity!
But what baffles me is that the “Gate keepers and Agenda setters “ who can make and unmake by virtue of the Ink or Mic are economical with the truth because most of them benefit in one way or the other. You know what? With all these sufferings in the country, the media is the worst affected yet they are mute about it portraying itself to be alright when indeed it is broke than a church mouse!
Those working in the public sector are far far better than those in the private sector. The truth is that private media houses have a greater influence in the Society than public owned media platforms. But instead of using the platform to educate Ghanaians by telling the Hard truth, they are busily accusing one another for Supporting party A or B..
Please stop the hypocrisy and write and speak as well what Ghanaian voters need to consider before electing a leader.
Most media houses do not pay because they cannot pay under this current economic situation. Media personnel are been exploited by their employers under the pretext of the crippling economy. Perhaps the more reason some Journalists chase after politicians for “Soli”.
So with all these, how can you be bold to say the truth and eat what and from whose pocket, the unperturbed Employers or Politicians?
“If your mother is dead but you deceive others that she is asleep, then you will suffer alone”
As “Senior Journalists” in the country, it is incumbent on you to Champion the Agenda for the younger ones to follow for a Better living condition and forget self centeredness. We are in an era where most politicians do not respect the media because they feel they control them. Some people have forcibly relocated from the cities for the fact that the cities in Ghana are now more unbearable in terms of living conditions.
I pity those who still clinch to the poor livelihood in the City when they can make life better if they return to the rural areas.
In this trying times in the country, many men have now become disciplined because there is not enough to waste outside unlike the previous years they chase after ladies. Also the taste for extravagant lifestyle has dwindled.
However, What about the fact that most students cannot continue their education because it is expensive?
*Those who have committed suicide?
*Children and other patients who are dying from dumsor?
And a tall list of the negatives in this government. Disrespect for the ordinary Ghanaian is now at its peak from government officials through their speeches and actions. Perhaps this is the time for Ghanaians to decide better in 2016.
With all the suffering from the cold hands of the NDC government, I have learnt a lot which could fine tune my plans for the future as a young man.
*Learn to plan well for unforeseen circumstances
*Save more than you spend
*Do not expect to always live as a pampered Child
*Do not put temporary persons in permanent positions
*Politics is not about who talks best but who is capable
*be time conscious
*manage utilities wisely
Journalists should remember that people will definitely tag them but the truth must be told.
Journalism is about provoking those responsible for the right thing to be done not to glorify!
Source: Samuel Mbura, UER |www.kapital971.com