Republic Day; A Call to Youth Action! – Wonder Madilo

As we celebrate our Republic day; there lingering questions! Questions that epitomizes our economic life, our social life, our civic rights and finally our commitment to govern our country in a manner that develops our Country!

“Every child has inside him an aching void for excitement and if we don’t fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and which isn’t good for him”_ -Theodore Roosevelt, Former US President!

Ghana just like a Child at the time of birth had an aching void; void of excitement and hope of a better future for its citizens! Aching void of employment for its Youth, an aching void of Education, Health, Security and an aching void of stable democracy!
Unable to fill that aching void, lost opportunities! Opportunities to help Ghana develop alongside others like Malaysia! Opportunities to grow our economic opportunities to prove the African dream of a Blacks’ Star!Opportunities to provide good health for our people!
Opportunities to eliminate poverty and diseases!

On Education, we may have made so much progress in providing Education at all levels; from Basic to Tertiary! Kudos Ghana! but was all these not meant to develop us? Why are there Graduates without jobs, Graduates without requisite skills, Graduates whose fixation is to travel for some greener pasture out there? Graduates who are unable to apply the requisite knowledge to solving societal problems? Academics who preach the need for leadership virtues and competence yet their own records in managing their institutions under them cannot be an example to cite. Academics whose expertise do not live beyond their lecture halls

PATRIOTISM

The former American President exclaimed;“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other Public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.

It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the President or anyone else.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

This over flogged subject of Patriotism turns to be the bedrock on which most countries developed. That sense of duty to country! That sense of objectivity! That sense of civic responsibility! That sense of a watch-dog role; the media and opinion leaders! That sense of eschewing parochial interest at the behest of Nation. Finally that sense of a good conscience towards God.

The reason politicians take advantage of the citizens is the absence of real patriots, patriots whose conscience is not influenced by the consciousness of their tribal, religious or political leanings. Corruption and all other vices thrive when politicians succeed in dividing us! When they succeed in building the culture of silence “State censorship presents itself as a bulwark between society and forces of subversion or moral corruption.

To dismiss this account of its own motives by the state as insincere would be a mistake: it is a feature of the paranoid logic of the censoring mentality that virtue… must be innocent, and therefore, unless protected, vulnerable to the wiles of vice” -J.M. COETZEE, Giving Offense In times past, Ghanaians were proud and united but by the Secondary Schools they attended, not by their tribe, not by their religion, not by the partisan political space they play in! Today the story is different, people are
united by the cars they drive, the tribes they belong and by the color of their political regalia; how sad!

ECONOMY

Our currency (Ghana Money), used to be one of the strongest almost everywhere. It was reckoned to be stronger than the dollar, and equivalent only to the British pound.
DR. KWAME NKRUMAH in his hay days speaking in Addis Ababa on May 24, 1963 at a meeting of thirty two (32) African Heads of State and Government

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah delivered the following speech calling for a strong Union of Independent African States.He did not only called for African Union Government, he advocated economic integration and harnessing the potentials of human, capital and natural resources for the development of the African people.

Research indicates that Africa alone can produce 42% Hydro Electric power
for the world.Cocoa Production between Ghana and Ivory Coast amounts to about 60% of
the World production with street value of over 140 Billion US dollars but only 5 billion of that accrues to both Countries; why? Whilst we produce so much for the World, we are not the determinants of the World Price to wit price taker! How did we get here? Who should be blamed? Why continue to do the same thing over and expect some magic results?
According to the latest Ghana Labor Force Survey Report by the Ghana Statistical Service, Ghana’s unemployment rate stood at 11.9 percent in 2015.

This is about twice the figure recorded in 2012/2013 (5.8%) based on the Statistical Services strict definition of unemployment – where “one was not working, actively looking for a job and available for work.” Unemployment rate for Ghana is 11.9% and is particularly high among 15 to 24 year olds (25.9%). Unemployment rate is highest in the Upper West Region (18.4%) and lowest in the Brong Ahafo Region (8.4%). Of this proportion, females account for slightly more than half (50.7%) whiles close to half (49.3%) are males.

Indications are that, we know the challenges that confront us! The dilemma however, is that we lack the discipline, commitment and honesty to confront and resolve them in full. One would have thought that, the many prescriptions over the years would suffice; but never to be!

Have the modules we deployed to curb unemployment worked or not? What about the Free Education introduced in some parts of the country? How about the many IMF/WORLD BANK approaches?

As a country I believe it’s time to stick to our identities, identities of a full
homegrown policy that will alleviate poverty and bring sustainable development! Let us endeavor to create the environment that allows for

MEMBER, NDC
ALUMNUS; (IVLP), US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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