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Ghana, a throwback story: In need of a wholesome leader

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It is often said that the problem of Ghana or Africa is leadership. The African leader is weak and always in pursuit of her or his personal gains to the detriment of the citizenry.

Africa needs a leader born of Africa, one who emanates from the slums, one who understands the plights of her or his people and is incorruptible.

Yet different times in history Africa had great and mighty leaders, on the continent and across the globe; incorruptible, brave, intelligent leaders and with little external manipulations but they were gunned down by Africans.

Patrice Lumumba, Muammar Gaddafi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, our very own Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Who would lead Africa when Africa rips their hearts with own hands?

 

By Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana

TALKING DRUM: Giving life to NDC’s collapsed NHIS

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If you have ever seen how a cocoyam leaf touched by fire looks like, you would understand what I went through on that day, January 3, 2017.

It was Tuesday. After I had reported for 3FM’s Midday News, from the Black Stars Square, on preparations ahead of the inaugural ceremony of the then president-elect, Nana Akufo Addo, I instantly felt as if I had received Manny Pacquiao’s punches.

“Boss, I am resting a while in the stands at the Black Stars Square. I am very weak,” I sent a WhatsApp message to my editor.

The driver on duty who was supposed to take me back to the office was Daniel Akoto. I felt so weak that I thought I needed a bit of rest before calling him for pick up. I had a friend, Obiri-Yeboah Maxwell, with me on location so I felt safe.

As I laid down on some four broken chairs in one of the stands at the Black Stars Square, a message came through. It was from Kwakye Afreh Nuamah replying my message which informed him I was not well.

“Wow. Charley go to hospital if you are not feeling well,” it read.

I decided not to go to the hospital until the next day. Why? I had left my membership card of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) home. As a strong advocate of the NHIS insisting family and friends who are nonchalant about it get registered, I will go to the hospital with it. This is regardless the fact that the NHIS has on many occasions disappointed me.

I get paid for basic drugs whenever I attended the hospital.

So on the day after that Tuesday, I went to the hospital again with my NHIS card hoping our former President John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress’ assurance that the NHIS was doing well was, indeed, so.

My disappointment after I left the Seventh-day Adventist Hospital at New-Gbawe, in the Greater Accra region, on January 4, 2017 was enormous.

Since it was my first time at the SDA Hospital, the NHIS paid for my chit (the piece of paper a patient takes with him/her on attending a particular hospital). The guys have fixed the NHIS; things seem smooth now, I tickled myself.

Then, I was told to laminate the chit costing Gh₵2. The NHIS did not pay for that and I understood my paying for it. Why? Because that had no direct bearing on why I came to the hospital.

However, after I had danced my steps, felt cold within, to go see the doctor in the consulting room, I was told to go for a laboratory test. A test to find out what was troubling me.

The test said I had severe malaria but I would not just be set free to battle the disease. I was told to pay GH₵8 for the laboratory test. The NHIS could not foot this new bill.

Then when I was handed my folder to go for drugs, the lady at the dispensary gave me a piece of paper. It detailed my cost of drugs amounting to GH₵31. Among these drugs was paracetamol.

“The NHIS will not cater for even paracetamol?” I asked.

“It doesn’t,” she said.

I was not surprised. At some hospitals also here in the Greater Accra region, I have always paid for my drugs [mainly a cure for malaria]. But, why is it so when I have a national health insurance cover? Is this insurance policy to cater for consultation fee and hospital chit as those were mainly the only things I did not pay for at the hospital?

According to the official website of the NHIS, “Over 95% of disease conditions that afflict us are covered by the NHIS.”

Our NHIS is supposed to cater for these diseases: “Malaria, acute respiratory tract infection, diarrheal disease, skin disease and ulcers, hypertension, acute eye infection, rheumatism, anemia, intestinal worms disorders, acute ear infection, typhoid fever, dental caries, diabetes mellitus and STIs,” and many more.

That sounds nice, right? However, I can confidently say that the NHIS does not cater for even catarrh in most healthcare providers listed under the scheme. Having been wowed by basically paying for everything at the SDA Hospital at New Gbawe, I made a check on the NHIS’ website to verify if this health center was among the providers.

Indeed, I found it listed among the NHIS providers. When I first raised this issue on Facebook that the NHIS has collapsed, a friend recounted how his mother had benefited from it. He said the scheme covered for them drugs that cost over GH₵1, 500.

He says that perhaps I didn’t go to the right health center that is why I had to pay for mine. The logic here is that, some of these healthcare providers listed under the NHIS get paid for their services rendered. So, if you are fortunate to attend such facilities, since the NHIS does not owe them, you end up benefiting from the scheme.

Rather interesting, should one be making announcements to check which of the healthcare providers the NHIS does not owe so he/she attends?

We are paying for the services of the NHIS as SSNIT contributors get deducted and so on. So, why is that the scheme is financially bleeding?

The NDC crippled the NHIS during its tenure in office. The new administration, the Nana Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party, has promised restoring the dignity of the scheme.

Dear President, at your recent State of the Nation Address [SONA 2017], you again reiterated your promise to restore the NHIS. The time is now.

Many of us do not have the financial strength to go for treatment in the Americas and the Europes. All we are asking for is to get the NHIS working, as it did in its initial stages, so we do not pay for common paracetamol.

By Solomon Mensah

The writer is a broadcast journalist with 3FM 92.7. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect 3FM’s editorial policy.

Email: nehusthan4@yahoo.com

Could the next Messi come out of Lagos?

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One of the world’s biggest and most successful clubs, Barcelona, is launching a football academy in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

The academy, in Africa’s biggest city, is the first of its kind on the continent. It is modelled on Barcelona’s flagship La Masia Academy in Spain which has produced stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi.

Officially known as FCBEscola Lagos, the school is temporarily located at the multi-sports Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex in the sprawling Surulere suburb.

A bright banner of the Spanish midfielder Iniesta greets you as you enter the main gate.

Inside an assortment of big pictures of Barcelona star players Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar can be seen amongst commercial advertising boards.

Children aged between five and 18 years old file into the stadium to get a football education the Barcelona way.

About 400 fee-paying children are currently enrolled at the school, which costs $600 (£478) a year.

They attend training sessions at the academy about once a week and all of them harbour hopes of making it to the big time at Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia Academy in Spain.

Teamwork over individualism

Among them is Imalashe Sulyman from Yaba in Lagos.

She is one of just three girls at the academy.

“I like being here because it is very friendly and fun to play,” she says.

“It doesn’t bother me because football is not only for boys, it’s for everyone to play. You shouldn’t be treated differently anyhow because you are a girl.

“I want to become one of the famous football players and be as good as Messi.”

The Lagos academy joins a growing list of other similar Barcelona football schools across Asia, the Americas and Europe.

The Catalan club uses the schools to popularise its brand and transmit the club’s philosophy and values to the rest of the world. The philosophy emphasise the importance of teamwork over the individual.

Among the top 10 European clubs, it is the only one with a football academy on the African continent.

Other top clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus have so far not done the same.

‘Nigerian acorns’

The academy has already started attracting children from in and outside Nigeria.

“This is a Nigerian fountain that is going to sprout. Like they say about great oak trees, it starts from a little acorn and that’s the acorn you are seeing right now,” says Leslie Oghomienor, Barcelona’s partner and the school’s administrator.

“We don’t just have children from Nigeria here, we have some from Spain, Taiwan, India, Greece and other Asian people.

“We are going to give them international exposure. We are going to Barcelona in April to play against other people so that they can see what we are doing. The world has to know there’s something good coming out of Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.”

The Barcelona allure means a lot for many of the children at this Lagos school.

David Niu from Taiwan, lists Argentinean forward Lionel Messi, who trained at La Masia as a youngster, as his idol.

He described the school as a place “which creates the vibes that every Barcelona player should have”.

“I want to get to the academy the La Masia in Spain… that’s what I want to achieve.”

Asked if he would consider a call from Barcelona’s arch rivals Real Madrid if they come for him, he gave an emphatic: “No.”

Somagbe Ipedumi, from Ikorodu in Lagos, lists Neymar, the Brazilian star player, as his favourite Barcelona player and hopes to follow in his footsteps.

Somagbe Ipedumi dreams of following in the footsteps of Barcelona and Brazil star, Neymar

“I am always dreaming of being at Barcelona and it is a great opportunity to be here. It’s a great privilege for me,” he said.

“It’s not about power, it’s about supporting your teammates and keeping possession of the ball. From here, I think I am going to go places.”

The Lagos academy is an opportunity for Barcelona to tap into the abundant football talent out of Nigeria’s 170 million people.

Bernat Gorriz, the school’s technical director, says there is a lot of potential in Nigeria.

“The good quality that African people have is the physical condition, they have good physical condition so if they can learn and they can understand our way of training, I am sure that we can have very good players here in Nigeria.”

Asked if the next Lionel Messi could come out of Nigeria, he said: “I don’t know if ever we will see another player like Messi but of course we are going to teach these kids how to be like Messi.”

By Stanley Kwenda|BBC|Lagos, Nigeria

Ghana, a Throwback Story: Infrastructural dev’t vis-à-vis human attitude

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Ghana today, seems very focused on infrastructural development – building schools, hospitals, constructing roads and building industries – which is a laudable cause. But what happened to the Cement Factory in Tema, the Steel works in Tema, Coconut Fibre and Ceramic Processing at Saltpond, the Bamboo Processing in the Eastern region or the Gold refinery in the Western region, what of the Pwalugu Meat Factory in Bolgatanga, the Kumasi shoe factory, or the Atomic Energy in Kwabenya and many other collapsed factories established by Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

When people focus on what is not theirs, they lose grip of what they have. Look at the educational structure that is out of tune with the Ghanaian identity and a media focused on bombarding our airwaves with foreign content.

Until civil savants, government workers and the citizenry at large refrain from the lackadaisical attitude towards public institutions and treat it as their own, a factory in each district would be nothing but a huge white elephant.

60 years on after attaining independence we cannot undermine the importance of infrastructural development nonetheless there is a dire need for human development.

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Check also: Ghana, a throwback story: Political freedom, Yes; economic freedom…

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By Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana

Example of Christ’s leadership: a call to build men for God’s kingdom

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Apostle Emmanuel Achim Gyimah and wife Hannah

TOPIC: AN EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S LEADERSHIP: A CALL TO BUILD MEN FOR GOD’S KINGDOM (Purpose, Job, Cost,Training & and attainment of the fullness of Christ).

TEXT: Mark 1:16-17; Matt. 11:29; John 14:12; Matt. 19:27-30; Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11-16.

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Leadership is God’s idea from the beginning of creation. He created the first man, Adam in His image and likeness to govern or rule over all creation. Hence from the fall of Adam God’s highest concern is searching for credible and visionary leaders. Wherever He finds one, the people, community or Church prospers, grows and develops.

2.0 WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?

2.1 Leadership is God’s grace, call, and ability to mobilize people and resources under someone to bring about a desirable growth and development in a Church or Community. It is the greatest need in Churches, Communities and nations of the world. Hence God’s greatest concern and search is for servant and visionary leaders” (Emphasis mine).

2.2 A Leader is the one who knows the road very well and is able to guide and direct others along it to the desirable destination”- Aps. Dr. Alfred Koduah.

2.3 “Everything rises and falls by the Leader”-John C. Maxwell.

2.4 “The Church has no financial problems but vision problems”-Rick Warren.

2.5 Jesus called His first disciples with a vision, job, purpose in sight: “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men (Mark 1:16,17); If you believe in me you will do the things that I do, and greater things than these will you do” (John 14:12; see Matt. 4:23). What does Jesus mean by the greater things or works? (Discuss). It was the building of the Church: Winning souls, planting Churches, making of disciples, and equipping them for the work, to maturity and the stature of the fullness of Christ

(Eph. 4:11-16) which will build men to become Visionary Leaders of the Church  by God’s call and grace: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers.

3.0 What does Paul mean by attaining to the fullness of God as the highest level of Leadership growth? (Acts 6:1-7; Eph.4:11-16; Revelations 5:6; Isaiah 11:1-2)

3.1 The fullness of Christ was revealed to Apostle John in Revelation chapter 5:6 as “The Seven eyes and Seven horns of Christ which symbolizes the Seven Spirits of God sent unto the whole earth for His Church. These Seven Spirits represents the fullness of revelation and authority (Seven Eyes and Seven Horns).

3.2 The Prophet Isaiah’s revelation of Christ in Isa. 11:1-2 fully explains the fullness of Christ which every leader needs for the job of equipping, training, nurturing, disciplining, and mentoring.

The Seven Spirits of God as revealed by Apostle John in Revelation 5:6 are :

*The Spirit of the Lord or Spirit of Lordship.

* Spirit of Wisdom

* Spirit of Knowledge

* Spirit of understanding

* Spirit of power and might

* Spirit of counsel and teaching

* Spirit of the fear of God.

4.0   HOW LEADERS ENCOUNTER THIS FULLNESS OF CHRIST

It comes upon leaders who have daily intimate communion or time with God, praying, studying and meditating on His word to hear, see, and receive fresh messages from Christ Himself.

It comes over leaders who pay the price of sacrificing all worldly pleasures and pursuits to follow Christ’s example of doing the Kingdom business with commitment, vision, purpose, passion, Love, humility to add value to people around and under them (Matt. 19:27-30).

Two kinds of Officers especially Elders in the Church from the beginning to date are:

4.1 Those who followed Christ’s Example and that of their Apostles and Pastors have left legacies of good names and great blessings for the Church and their children (Elders Asem and ROD Asare of Ho Area are your clear examples). Mama Christiana Obo and her daughter Eunice Addison from the Central Region are notable examples of Christ’s Leadership). They and their families are blessed beyond measure.

4.2 There are also many Elders and Officers who feel they are not paid for their work in the Church and do it anyhow, some even go to the extent of paying themselves from offerings and tithes but their end is disgrace and poverty (read Zechariah 5:1-5)

5.0 THE JOB OF CHURCH OFFICERS

5.1 Should be strong in the grace that is in the Lord Jesus Christ to be able to stand and perform (2 Tim. 2:1). Personal devotion everyday to build your spiritual life to maturity.

5.2 To be able to teach, and care for the saints under them (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28).

5.3 Study the Bible on daily basis with the Church approved Devotional Guide, CoP Constitution, Ministers Handbook, Tenets, Church Calendar of Activities plus programs in them, and all the Ministries Manuals to be abreast with the current trends in the Church, else you will become an irrelevant Leader to the young generation and a problem to yourself by complaining about everything.

5.4 Take your Pastor and his wife as your personal friend to understand his vision and work to support him. Examples of Elders and Deaconesses who have supported us in Ministry at Kumasi, Bolga, Obuasi, and even Accra and their untold blessings eg. Elder Frimpong, Anokye, Aposuyine, Augustine, Deaconesses Juliana Opambour, Cecilia Wiafe.

6.0 The Elder/ Officer must function as: (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28)

6.1 A Father for all in the Church.

6.2 A Teacher and Counsellor

6.3 A Farmer

6.4 A Coach

6.5 A Mentor/ Friend

6.6 A Shepherd

6.7 A Soldier in the Lord’s army

The above roles and job of Officers call for sufficient preparation through personal devotions, fasting, Bible studies, pursuing higher education, reading wide around the Bible and secular things: health, good nutrition, politics, geography, agriculture, economics, accounting, farming etc. to help and teach your members. Make every effort to add value to your members by learning to acquire deeper knowledge in all things. “You stop learning, you stop leading” is an axiom by John C. Maxwell.

By Apostle Achim Gyimah,

Kaneshie Area Head of The Church of Pentecost

This was first presented at the closing of Ho Area Officers Apostolization Retreat on 18th February 2017.

 

PROVOCATIVE CONSCIENCE: The Heritage Fund and the solemn promise

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“Our political class introduced something they call free education that is free indeed–free of knowledge. It is because they are so suspicious of those institutions that the typical African politicians will not dare take their children to those schools”―P.L.O. Lumumba

The debate about the appropriate funding model for the much-marketed education policy, fee free education, continues even days after the Finance minister, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta, has come out that the government wouldn’t fund the policy with the Heritage Fund contrary to comments made by the senior minister, Yaw Osafo Mafo. Others like Nana Akomea thinks the chatty senior minister ‘was thinking aloud’, whatever that means.

Attempts to dispel the use of Heritage Fund did not end the debate, it rather reminds us of two famous and fateful questions from Stephen Sackur of BBC’s HARDtalk program—‘where exactly is the money going to come from…have you costed it’?  In answering, the then leader of opposition NPP did not actually mention the cost but mentioned that oil revenue was going to fund his promises. He also stated that it was a solemn promise and it was going to be solemnly kept. I am amazed the old man has kept his promise and I am sure his doubters must be very uncomfortable that the old man is unfolding as a man of his words.

Honest Discussions

The policy is a good one especially for many poor children whose parents struggle with three square meals, not to talk of school fees. When, for instance, I completed Junior Secondary School in 2003, I had to stay home for one academic year even though I was qualified for Senior Secondary School because my single mother could not afford the admission fee. The options for me were to either learn automobile mechanics or work for a year, save money and go to school the following year. Indeed, I chose the latter since I like education. I had worked and saved money for one year which was used to pay my admission fee the following year.

Indeed, it is not a comfortable experience when you are the only one sacked for school fees even though you may be in ‘a comfortable lead’ in your class. But such, unfortunately, is the fate of many poor children who lack financial support to pursue their dream of education.

There are other friends who couldn’t make it to school at all because of poverty and the result of this is predictable.

So let the Free SHS policy be rolled out. If the politician can find money to backdate his salary increment to 2013 in addition to his GHȻ 300,000 ex gratia for engaging in partisan debates, we also deserve our share of the national ‘booty’! I believe we can fund this policy if we are committed to it and it shouldn’t matter whether it is from taxes or Heritage Fund.  Why keep money in an investment instrument that is doing 2% in interests and call it an investment for the next generation?

Nevertheless, I still do not think it should be free for all students.  The National Health Insurance Scheme is currently reeling under  the curse of its ‘whole sale’ implementation and I am worried about how government intends to reduce corruption that might be associated with the implementation, knowing how every social intervention program becomes  a vehicle for corruption.

Currently, there are government and private scholarship schemes that fund the education of some brilliant-but-needy students. What will be the fate of such schemes especially the ones that are provided by private and multinational firms as part of their corporate social responsibility?

President Akufo-Addo announced the start of ‘Free SHS’ at Okuapeman SHS

We should move the ‘Free SHS’ debate from the door step of political expediency and assume different and honest discussions that would consider and exhaust all arguments about funding and sustainability while taking into account structural reforms and quality of products.

A government which boasts of having the men should be bold enough to do some segregation: it should have no business paying the fees of children whose parents are able to pay not less than GH¢2000 as bribes in order to gain admission into schools like, Wesley Girls, St. Augustine’s and so on. The argument that rich parents pay more in taxes is pedestrian because, when government uses monies that would go into funding the education of rich children for job creation, the rich benefit.

Policy Options

There are many progressive policy options that government can take in order to have its cake and eat it: the introduction of new taxes to cater for the free SHS policy as suggested by other Civil Society Organizations and AFAG are just in place.

Just as President Akufo-Addo has been bold in announcing Free SHS, he should also boldly scrap the now defunct National Service Scheme and invest NSS recurrent expenditure in education. The NSS is a cash cow for corrupt officials and the cost of its existence outweighs the benefits.

Also, government can, for the start, make technical and vocational education as well as STEM and its related programs free, while subsidizing fees for mainstream Senior High Schools and programs. This would increase enrollment into vocational and STEM related programs and prepare the youth for the government’s industrialization agenda and towards solving real problems.

Feeding and boarding for instance, should be the concern of parents. Ghana needs ‘Free SHS’ but not one that would be ‘free of knowledge’. And it should be one that the children of politicians would enroll in.

By Frederick K. Kofi Tse

Email: kelikofi@gmail.com

Ghana, a throwback story: Political freedom, Yes; economic freedom…

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What good is political freedom without economic freedom. When the Ghanaian preference is fixed on what is not hers. What is freedom when the mind of the people is shackled with the desire to be anything but herself.

Economic freedom can only be attained when that chained mindset is broken, when Ghanaians and Africa as a whole look inward rather than looking outward all the time. That high sense of self that does not clamor for foreign aids, which always come with conditions.   ‘This is how it’s done in the West, this is how it’s in Asia’, rather than discovering who we are and what works for us because the eagle can never be a lion nor can the lion be an eagle.

By Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana

Watch: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 4]

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Ghana will in days celebrate 60 years of freedom, 60 years of absolute control over her resources, 60 years of economic growth and development, 60 years of enriched national identity, 60 years of independence.

Or is Ghana about to celebrate 60 years of neocolonialism, 60 years of institutionalized corruption, 60 years of self hate that causes us to flee from our country to the West in search of ‘better living conditions’, 60 years of highly acquired foreign taste that leaves us continuously chained to the shackles of our slave masters?

Ghana turns 60 in a few days, 60 years of what?

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Watch also: Watch Now: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 3]

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By Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana

 

 

A Voice from the Village Talkative: Why Prez Akufo-Addo must buy brand new cars

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As I was going about my usual daily activities of wandering around looking for someone’s issue to poke my nose into, I heard of some stories from Opanyin Kwaku Dompe’s radio while I was passing behind his window this morning. Well, as expected, I eavesdropped on the discussion that ensued between Opanyin and his Son, who has just returned from the city, after they had listened to the issue of missing cars.

The issue concerned a purported revelation by the government that the erstwhile administration has stolen, appropriated, converted, taken, amassed, thieved…..in fact, used and refused to return more than two hundred cars from the Presidency. In other words, the government cannot locate over two hundred cars at the Presidency. When I heard this, two things amazed me; firstly, what at all are such numbers of cars at the Presidency being used for? A transport business? Secondly, this is Ghana, not a nearby African country where a whole flight can get lost in an airport; thus cars do not evaporate. After all in this village, we spend nights looking for our strayed ‘newcomer’ livestock who do not have animus rivertendi.

I have listened to experts, analysts, commentators, journalists and lay‘uninitiated’ people like me talk to the issue. Whilst some are of the view that the past government intentionally took these cars, others are of the view that the current government is only using this as an excuse to buy new fleets of cars. My take is that, the government does not need to create such an atmosphere if indeed it wants to buy new cars. Infact, as a matter of necessity, the president must buy new cars.

It does happen, of course not openly, that automobile companies sometimes support or align themselves with the campaigns of political parties so that when these parties come to power they will purchase, at least, greater percentage of their cars from such an automobile companies. Well, without any evidence, we know that the Kufuor administration was very comfortable with Chrysler cars and the erstwhile administration was also comfortable with Toyota cars. Beyond this seemingly potent speculation, I am of the opinion that getting to use new cars as a President is actually a matter of urgency.

Central to governance is security. Technological advancement has made security matters extremely complex. Nowadays, pens, erasers, buttons, etc, are more than what we know them to be. There is always the greatest potentiality of security breach at anytime. I conceive that the vulnerable state of everyone is not only when we are asleep, but also when we are in a car which is on top speed. How comfortable will anyone be if we are to use the exact cars our opponents who vilified us, vowed with every drop of blood and indeed did all they could to make sure wedo not get to where we have gotten to, used? Will we not need clear mind, comfort and confidence of safety to work when we are occupying the position that we have fought for and for which our opponent had to be relieved of it with enormous pain? We need to practice some empathy here and examine ourselves in that situation in all sincerity, what will be our decision?

The use of new cars by the President goes beyond luxury to a necessity. Let me ask this question, should the President change, if there is, the ‘state mattress’ used by the former President? We will say Yes, right? We may have no problem with that because mattresses are not expensive as V8 cars. Perfect, but the principle is the same. The government can auction some of the existing cars (with value for money), use the money to purchase new ones exclusive for the President’s own use. Buying brand new cars does not mean there should be a fleet of new cars, but the ones to be used for the protection of and the use by the President should not be more than 20 in number. If we need to auction 100 old cars to buy 20 new ones, so be it. Ghana does not need such number of cars as we are witnessing. Indeed, any state that has as much as over 400 cars at its Presidency is definitely not a serious one. As a way of reducing this, the government should re-think what to do with some of the cars available and use the money to get new oneswhich are far lesser in number.

I am of the impression that president Akufo-Addo’s use of the 2007 car is not because there is no car at the Presidency to be used. The fact is that, it might not be a wise security decision for the President to just sit in any car and move around with it. What is if has been massively bugged? What if the exclusive cars for the President have been tempered with? The pivotal issue for me here is safety, security, and trust. If there is any agency that needs it, then it is the presidency. Nobody, no matter who you are, can impose undoubted trust in their opponents especially when the profession is politics. Afterall, the United States v. Nixon is a good lesson of how not to underestimate your opponents. I know one may ask whether the same doesn’t apply to the flagstaff\jubilee house, as well as the possibility of new cars not being bugged for instance. Well, the answer lies in trust and for us to reckon that it is more acceptable to believe that there can be life on mars, than to believe that there can be life on mercury.

We need to look beyond the sensationalism, politics without telos and non purposive criticism and face the fact. The President must buy new cars and indeed use new cars. Well, facts are simple, opinions are free. This is the village talkative.

Author: Kow Kwegya Amissah Abraham

Lecturer (UCC), Exc. Dir. (CEPRAT)

kow.abraham@ucc.edu.gh

Watch Now: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 3]

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Have you ever wondered why there is so much corruption in Ghana?

From the politician to the trotro mate to the market woman, everyone is corrupt. The policeman, student union executives, and the journalist. So how does a nation progress when corruption permeates every fibre of the society?

No one is afraid; no one fears nor respect the laws or the institutions because with money everything and everyone can be bought. A people who purport to be very religious seem to have very little respect for religion.

As we mark our 60th anniversary, perhaps it’s time to inculcate the African traditional religion in our institutions in order to curb corruption.

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Watch also: Ghana, a throwback story [episode 2]
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By Ayerkie Narnor|3news.com|Ghana