Nabot wrote:I am often sad to read about how some Ghanaians feel about Ghana. The situations of Ghana is not hopeless as some have painted it to be. I was in Ghana a few weeks ago. I was not alone, I went with nine African Americans from United States. In spite of the distasteful bites they had from Ghana Airways and eventually had to fly out of Ghana by purchasing a tickt on Alitalia, they loved Ghana. Of the nine visitors, five would return next year to invest in various aspects of the economy: Housing, sewage, road construction, health care, etc.
The problem as I see in Ghana is one of policies and not lazziness on the part of Ghanaians. I will always maintain that Ghanaians are hard-working. I agree with the brother who touch on the issue of production due to the cheap labor in Ghana. During our visit, we visited a number of villages, among these villages is Pepetifi (Not Abetifi). I am sure you have not heard of that village, so is the Ghana Government, this village has vast fertile lands and food were going bad, although this village is just miles from Boti falls, it is a forgotten village, I wonder how many of such villages has been forgotten by the govenment although these areas could be the solution to our production problem.
It is difficult not to mention the waste that Ghana Airways Corporation is creating. It can not compete in a market where her competitors with less resources are doing better than her, yet, the govenment has cast a sleeping eye on her operations.
We mentioned the West and production, well at night when the western countries are working, Ghana is sound asleep creating a fertile environment for armed robbers. Let me explain: Most developed countries work their production sectors around the clock, three shifts, but Ghana work from 9AM to 5PM. What a waste of time and resources. Think about this, if Ghana is to work three shifts in her production sectors, our productivity would tripple by next year.
Someone spoke of Kalabule, I understand that word perfectly, the cause for bribery and curruption in Ghana is low wages, if one can not feed and maintain the family with what is honestly earned, then one is forced to resort to dishonest ways of living, everyone does it, the average traveller on Ghana Airways pays a bribe of at least $100.00 US to be confirmed from Ghana. If wages match spending, the issue of curruption will not be up for discussion.
Our Ghanaian education is one of the best in Africa and for that matter the world, when I transfered from my sixth form to a USA college, my class mates had nothing above me, I was a superior student. However, our educational system needs to be revamped, expecially, the so called, village schools. I agree with the contributor who questioned the ability of Ghanaian graduates, however, he has to realise that Ghanaians are intelligent.
As to the question of investing in Ghana, I will say, YES, Ghana is ripe for investment and investors, I have invested and it failed, but does that mean that investing in ghana is worthless, no, even businesses die everyday in America, in fact, the Small Business sector boast only of 20% survival in United states.
Regarding the confusion in Circle, Kaneshie, etc, please visit New York, Chicago, Atlanta, etc and tell me if Kaneshie-Odorkor traffic is not better. We continue to criticise, but I think it is time for each Ghanaian to ask the question, :WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP" Ghanaians are hard working, hospitable, and many more qualities that time would not allow to speak and write about, let us utilize these to the advantage of our country.
As far as government leadership is concern, I wish we have the option, "NONE OF THE ABOVE" since all our leaders failed us, including Kuffor and Rawllings; however, they did what they can do, it is up to you and I to do our part, one person at a time, one brick at a time to rebuild Ghana.
joe eshi wrote:hi, I just read what you wrote about the woes of Ghana with some interest. Its true about all that you stated but however it would take a determined effort by all of of us to make such a change. It is however possible
Those of us who have had an opportunity to travel to experience other culture and lifestyle can do a lot to help. The major problem I see is the mobilisation of revenue as without addressing that issue it will be highly impossible to break out of this chain My humble suggestion is that there should be away to channel all our ideas to the government or better still a vigorous mobilisation of revenue from us Ghanaians living in the diaspora. Lets just say for instance. There is a way that we can contribute at least a dollar a month to support a cause at home. We will all suggest different causes and cast a vote on the net for a particular cause on the net. And make sure the adminstrators give us regular updates on it.
This is my suggestions I hope someone would also add up to it for its by this additions and subtractions of ideas that we can get something going.
We all pray for a better Ghana
Swiss Obroni wrote:Remember the prophecy of British scientist Malthus? That world population will increase forever while resources will remain limited, leading to general starvation and poverty. The West could avoid that fate. But Ghana still has population growth at over 2%. Number of people is 17 million now. It was only 7 million few decades ago. Divide total income from natural resources like gold and cocoa by number of persons, and you will see why wealth has not increased. The only factor that has had a positive influence is the technology imported from the West.
mamissah wrote:.................I am a Ghanaian American with a limited education (big up to my Rutgers university alumnae) and unfortunately like some people I tend to be self-centered. I think about myself and how to better myself and make a good living for myself etc. who does not think this way, of course we all do because as some of you have already said we are human...... Being the type of person that I am I wish I could chair a committee of some sort or just be a member of a group appointed by the government. .......
mamissah wrote:........Once again my ideas may sound a little crazy but it’s a simple fact that when you are unaware of who could be watching you when you are breaking the law you tend to do the right thing most of the time. .........In my opinion there are too many people looking for jobs so those who have it should not be taking it for granted. If someone is found sleeping on the job of course they would not be fired (sacked as I remember saying in Ghana) .........I am not a big shot accountant that can crunch numbers like some of you, I am just an engineer, I see a problem I find a way to fix it and as an engineer I am also use to my work being double checked since things I design affect a lot of people. The same would apply to my committee; there will be someone or some group that checks our work from time to time......
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