Celebrating the release of Ghc150 million for pothole patching myopic – Gyampo

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A lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Ransford Gyampo is of the view that there is nothing to be celebrated about the government’s release of funds for the patching of potholes.

He believes it is basic and should not be placed on it like the political elite wants it to appear.

Gyampo made this known in a post shared via Facebook.

To Gyampo, the people of Ghana have been starved of the needed development, so releasing funds during election season should not be something the political elite should be celebrated for.

He said, “Let us stop the ignorant subservient excitement for the release of 150 million for patching portholes. This is an elementary job expected to be undertaken by the PWDs and MMDAs periodically. Starving them of the needed resources and releasing money in an election year for them to undertake a basic task, is a blatant insult to intelligence.”

Government has released an amount of Ghc 150 million for potholes to be patched across the country.

Read His Statement Below

Let us stop the ignorant subservient excitement for the release of 150 million for patching portholes. This isan elementaryy job expected to be undertaken by the PWDs and MMDAs periodically. Starving them of the needed resources and releasing money in an election year for them to undertake a basic task, is a blatant insult to intelligence.

We must thwart the efforts of our political elites to perpetuate some of these tendencies. Everything must not be done because of elections and votes. Our political elites, especially those outside power, must be up and doing. Their role in challenging some of these interventions must not be confined to their flag-bearers and a few acerbic communicators. Parties outside power must have a well-functioning and dedicated machinery built not around specific individuals, to keep regimes on their toes. This would ensure theeffectivey discharge of their duties by regimes, in line with the fiduciary trust reposed in them by the people. This is very important because, sometimes, the audacity with which the political elites in powerconducts themselves and boldly make certain abstract claims, especially about how they have performed, speaks to the weaknesses of the opposition.

Ghana belongs to all of us but it is the more responsible thing to do for the political elites seeking political power to be more forceful and proactive in tackling and hagglingwith  the ruling governmentto keepg them on their toes. Civil Society and Academics can only augment what the political elites do.

As we grow and become more discerning, we must not look on for our poor people to subserviently praise works that are expected to be done, but deliberately delayed to be undertaken in an election year, justto solicitg for votes. This is a bogus practice that must be outgrown by our democratic practice.

We need a better government style that solves problems because they must be solved, and notto solicitg votes from some ignorant unsuspecting voters. It didn’t work when Kufuor reduced petrol prices when we were going to undertake the second round of our 2008 elections, and it cannot work now that Ghanaians have become even more discerning.

There is a gradual dissipation of public confidence in the political elite of today and these vote-buying tendenciesaccentuates the challenge. The next crop of political elites in Ghan, must rescue the nation from this sense of despondency. For, democracy would bleed and none would be spare, if public confidence induty-bearerss and political elites is completely eroded.

Yaw Gyampo

Prabiw,

PAV Ansah Street

Saltpond

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Suro Nipa House

Behind Old Post Office

Larteh-Akuapim

 

 

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