God save us; for our country is sick

When I was growing up my teachers in primary school and Junior Secondary School taught me a lot of things I found useful and believed in. They taught me patriotism and what it meant. They made me understand why I should l Iove my country and be prepared to contribute to its development. They made me understand the meaning of the words and phrases in the Ghana National Anthem and the Ghana Pledge. I remember my 76 year old father telling me when we we watching our first TV of any sort during a Black Stars game sometime in January 1992 that, “whenever you hear the Ghana National Anthem being played, stand at attention; if you are seated, stand up; you should respect it”. Years on, I tend to stand still whenever I hear the anthem. A few times, I have had very visible goose pimples bath my skin whenever I heard the anthem. A few times, I have cried.

That had always been my thinking and feeling. Until now.

I have come to the realisation that love for one’s country and service to it are just rhetoric from those who ought to espouse it. I have come to the realisation when people are called to work for the state, they expect to rip the state off as part of the benefits of that service. People no longer give back to their country. They take it all from their country and they do this shamelessly. Worse, because they know nothing will happen to them even if they are caught stealing. We know in our country the man who steals a goat gets a 2 year sentence whiles the politician who steals billions of cedis is asked to return it at his own schedule.

The President has the right to appoint whoever he wants to whatever position he feels like. Per our constitution, it is as though our President is all knowing and his party, regardless of which party, has enough young men and women to remind us of his powers.  Fair enough. But how I wish the President exercises in equal measure his powers to fire.

THE ANNOYING, SELFISH, INSENSETIVE CHRAJ BOSS

I admit, I am unaware whether the CHRAJ Boss, Lauretta Lamptey can be fired or not. But I sure wish she could, and that she gets fired too. Why will I fire her? Well, for the simple reason that she has demonstrated that she doesn’t love this country. Surely, that ought to be a good reason. Or may be I shouldn’t blame her. I need to understand why a country going through such dire economic situation will find it ok to pay more than $5,000 a month for an apartment for a government appointee because her official residence is taking 3 years to complete – oh sorry, I meant the renovation of her official residence NOT the construction of a new home. And when the rent expires, she moves into a $425 a day hotel that befits her status for 3 nights – she’s been there for weeks and so I am unsure how that translates into 3 nights.

Well, I have worked for a few years and do not own a house, not even on a mortgage so may be it makes sense that someone with this sort of background doesn’t also own a property anywhere on earth (according to her):

She is an investment banker and specialist in African capital markets and corporate finance who was the Head of Corporate Finance at Cal Merchant Bank. Prior to that, she was the Head of the Capital Markets Group at Ecobank Ghana Ltd; She was also formerly Legal & Corporate Finance Advisor at Loita Capital Partners International, a pan-African investment banking group based in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a consultant, she has provided legal, financial and investment advice for the government of Ghana on transactions in the mining, natural resources and energy sectors. Ms Lamptey has served on the boards of the Securities Discount Company (SDC) and Gliksten W. A., in addition to serving as a founder member of the board of the Ghana Stock Exchange.

As I said, may be I shouldn’t blame her. After all part of the conditions of her appointment comes with an official residence. But then, she’s not even working. She’s reportedly not stepped in her office since April and the excuse is that she’s been attending conferences abroad and packing out of her $5,500+ AU village residence. The Daily Graphic story tells us just how much waste she’s causing us in addition to keeping 3 vehicles at the hotel she’s made a home.

Can someone tell me why she doesn’t get fired? Why is the President keeping her at a job she clearly isn’t interested in and doesn’t perform too? We all saw the output of Emile Short and Anna Bossman. Please fire her now, Mr. President.

DZAMEFE COMMISSION AND FOOTBALL

I don’t know what to say about the heart wrenching revelations from this commission. Let me lift some material I put up on Facebook to try explain this.
You will be a heartless and callous person if the revelations from the Dzamefe World Cup Commission hearing doesn’t sadden you. To some of us, it breaks our heart. Worse, it shows just how we manage state resources in Ghana. I wonder if that was how Elvis would have run Ankrah & Sons or how Kojo Adu Asare would have run Adu Asare Enterprise.

It wasn’t as if we found out we were going to the World Cup in May 2014 and had to go to Brazil in June 2015. The feeling I get is that this is how we run all resources that are for the state and not for ourselves. Conflict of interests, nepotism, disregard for due process, and all kinds of things that make Lavender Hill smell like a Dolce & Gabbana cologne. 

Worse, Adu Asare has been asked to run the newly established YES Fund. Yes, after proving that he doesn’t know what management is, he’s been asked to manage a 10 million cedi youth fund. Elvis’s office has been moved from the Ministries to the same yard as the President.

We should get serious in this country and the President should take advantage of this opportunity to make us believe that the state doesn’t reward corruption and applaud incompetence. I pray this commission’s work doesn’t end up gathering dust on the shelves at the Flagstaff House. 

Chale my heart bleeds for GH!

If some people are not made to refund monies and spend time in jail then I will never have any respect for….for who kraaaa? The Executive, our judiciary or the entity called Ghana. How on earth did we get here? How?

No, no, no, no, no, no,…..dabi, dabi, dabi, dabi…!

“In a particular instance, about $4,000 was paid to the agent for providing directions to the Supermarket called Redemais.

He confirmed to the presidential commission of Inquiry that the agent was paid nearly $4,000 as commission for each of the five transactions he made on behalf of Ghana.

Despite having a Ghana embassy in Brazil, the operations team, he said, contracted the agent to facilitate the payment of purchases from the Supermarket”.

In all this, the former Sports Minister still has an office not far from the President’s. He may not have known then, but the man he appointed to manage a youth employment programme has shown that he is not particularly a good manager.

If we do not see a realistic and firm decision to punish all persons found culpable of stealing, abuse of resources and mismanagement, then I shudder what that will do for the confidence of the Ghanaian and his belief in his country. Back in Presec, the first rule in our students’ handbook said “a misuse of your commonsense is an abuse of school rules”. Common sense.

My heart bleeds for my country and it’s making me lose love for her.

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