Too Easy

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I think some of the Presidents’ appointees do not deserve to hold the offices to which they have been appointed. It seems it is too easy to become a Minister of State in Ghana; same as been a member of parliament. The verve, intelligence, experience, sense of nationalism and all the nice things people like me used to associate with serving in government or the legislator seems to be missing.

 

We have made qualifications for state institutions too cheap and easy. Merely being 18+ and the contentious issue of sound mind should not mean that just about any idiot gets to be MP, Minister or President. We adore mediocrity too much. If I can’t get a pay rise or promotion at my corporate office unless I deliver top notch performances at work, why should just about any bimbo or empty coconut-headed person be made to govern essential aspects of our state with little or no work experience, proven record of management at any level, a known display of maturity and the application of sound common sense?

 

There is too much quality in Ghana for us to have some of the folks we have in parliament and serving in government to be where they are. The usual experience we hear about ‘jobs for the boys and girls’ sicken me to the core. If you have done good for your party go work in the party office at the constituency, regional or whatever level. Why should the state of Ghana be entrusted in your hands merely because you had the balls to mount a political platform to shout invectives at people you dislike or consider as opponents?

 

I have no problem with young people been given the chance to serve. But I believe we should still be selective in which kinds of young people we decide to use. Governance is a big deal. It goes beyond how to manage your boyfriend and how to jostle between which parties to go booze at during the weekend. Ghana is going through challenges that require our best hands and minds to move it forward. The time for meaningless political jargons is long gone and it is time now for action; actions to move beyond our basic problems and confront challenges that will make us truly advance.

 

When I raised this issue on social media a few days back some friends made some genuine arguments some of which I will want to share. Samuel Darko for example was of the view that “what use is “quality” people who don’t put themselves out? The requirements for elective office anywhere in the world are identical. What prevents people you call “idiots” from getting into office and causing havoc in the more “serious” countries is competition from more competent candidates. My view on this matter is simple: the “good” people who, rather than get into the fray, sit on the sides and whine, are perhaps more to blame for the state of our affairs. In adapting Edmumd Burke’s quote, I’ll say : The only condition necessary for “idiots” to annex power and misuse it, is for “smart” people to “sit and do nothing”.

 

Perfect argument but I think we have made it impossible to recognize and appreciate the good ones. What sops the President from picking the duly experienced quality ones in his party? Our parties have made experience and qualification play second fiddle to loudmouthness. That is where the change should start from. Our party leaders throw these to the dogs and the good ones are ignored.

 

Ghana deserves a lot better, especially at this time in her life. We are 56, but truth be told, we act like we are 5 or 6!

 

 

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