The first rule of Leadership; everything is your fault. – A Bug’s Life
Leaders they say are born but for my dearly beloved nation I doubt we have any luck in our maternity wards. Like the Pandora’s Box, Ghana’s development still remains a mystery. Judging from the various resources which ought to make our country rich and powerful in the continent and even beyond is buried right beneath our feet.Hence the economic theory of the “Paradox of Plenty” or popularly known as the “Resource Curse” which states; “the richest of resources yet the poorest in countries in economic growth and development.”
The political history having been speckled with military coups has suffered from instability. Our dear country has made little or no progress since the first army intrusion in 1966 and it’s clear to see this is not due to lack of resources nor want of ideas. Our problem was and has always been simply the lack of leaders who do what is right and just(of course that is assuming we have leaders).
Let me bring some life into this post and tell a story. Once upon a time during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the founding fathers of a yet-to-be great nation placed a great premium on quality education (which can’t be seen now). At great sacrifice to the rural majority, many secondary schools were established and universities opened at home.
To Amsterdam, Belgrade, Cambridge, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Kiev, London, Moscow, Ottawa, Sydney, Washington, Vienna, and many other places, and even to Sandhurst, many of their younglings were sent to be educated at great public expense. The justification for that exercise was that, the new nation needed leaders who would feed her people and free them from ignorance and disease.
After distinguishing themselves in the institutions in which they were educated, many of the privileged, were put in key positions (civil service, corporations, universities, financial institutions, the professions, the press, the forces,) to render service to their own kith and kin. Unfortunately, some of them turned quickly turned into ‘tin gods’ doling out favours to less fortunate countrymen. They became the ordained rulers accountable to nobody. They were to be worshipped and not to be criticised.
Some of them, instead of protecting the peoples’ interests colluded with so-called Liberationists and Redemptionists to subvert their constitutions and oppress their people. Others lobbied and were put in positions in which they had no interest or expertise. There were those who also gave advice which was technically unsound and morally wrong and we were not ashamed of ourselves.
Some of them persistently failed to produce the required annual reports on the activities of the departments and programmes that they directed, so there was no record by which they could be judged. Some resisted decentralisation and local government reforms because they knew that power to the people would mean a reduction of our own assumed importance and chances of enriching ourselves as the top.
Others helped some foreigners, dubious industrialists to exploit their people and transfer abroad millions of foreign exchange which they had not earned. They were so busy building swimming pools and palaces for ourselves to notice that there was hunger in the land, and that a large proportion of our country men were denied basic amenities like good drinking water and excreta disposal systems.
Some even allowed themselves to be used to rig elections thereby denying their own people their basic right to choose what type of government they wanted. Some, witnessed malpractices including corruption and the diversion of resources for unauthorized purposes and were even signatories to some of these criminal deeds.
Now this nation stands as Ghana and the cataloguing of the sins of commission and omission carry on. Unlike the Asian ‘dragons’, which have developed transformational leaders to spearhead socio-economic development, African states, including Ghana, have not paid sufficient attention to preparing tomorrow’s leaders and this, to a large extent, is why so many states have remained largely underdeveloped.
Leadership in Ghana has derailed from its intended purpose into uncharted waters of whim and individualism. It is the a very canker that must be uprooted and burnt. Due to this there are so many unanswered questions when it comes to the governance of this country and it’s intricacies.
It’s time for a new leadership in this country. Ghana is an imposing, uncompleted venture and it’s up to all of us to build the country we want. But it’s not just about having a different government; it’s about electing a better government of transformational thinkers. One that works with Ghanaians to shape our best ingenuities into an even better country. But once again, what do I know. For I am and still remain but your humble Eqow_nomist.
***THIS IS NOT POLITICS, THIS IS DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS***