“GHANA BEYOND AID” MUST WORK

There is no gainsaying that Ghanaians are unanimous, as one people, one nation, with a common destiny, on the concept of Ghana Beyond Aid. The issue now has to do with how we can position ourselves, to make it a reality.

To achieve that, what comes to mind immediately is that we must all uphold the principles of probity, honesty, transparency and accountability in whatever we do or wherever we find ourselves. Above all, we must cherish and uphold the values of freedom and justice to make Ghana Beyond Aid a reality!

Upholding freedom means to responsibly exploit our natural resources for benefit of all as well as bring the very best inherent in us as Ghanaians, as we have excellently exhibited across the globe in every field of endeavours  that we find ourselves.

Furthermore, ensuring justice for all implies equitable resource allocation and distribution, to guarantee social inclusiveness, so that no Ghanaian would be left behind.

Indeed, the concept of Ghana Beyond Aid, is one policy that has cut across all political persuasions and governments, since independence. Ghana Beyond Aid must have been inspired from the pre-colonial nationalist activities, resulting in the granting of independence to Ghana by the British colonial administration on March 6, 1957.

After independence, Dr Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party government rolled out ambitious programes and policies for accelerated socio-economic development anchored around import substitution industries, to make meaning of his popular phrase “…the black man is capable of managing his own affairs…”

Successive governments subscribed to the policy of self-reliance to enable the country to withstand the adversaries of the unjust international economic order and gradually wean off the country from external support and unsuitable influences.

Survey of policies and programmes implemented over Ghana’s 61 years of existence as sovereign country, showed commitment to the ideals of our forebearers of making Ghana a self- reliant, with little or no external support.

Together with development partners who have been supporting us to soldier on, but for how long can they continue to doll out hand-outs, given the donors are now fatigued and the economic challenges facing those countries.

It is crystal that, we cannot always rely on others for our own development, because such external supports tie our country to the apron strings of the external influence, thus negating the very fundamentals of our independence.

It must be admitted though that, previous efforts by governments yielded some positive results notably, the “Operation Feed Yourself” policy of the Acheampong regime brought about food sufficiency and made the country exporter of cereals to other countries.

Also, the December 31st Revolution rekindled the spirit  of  self-help in Ghanaians, resulting in   appreciable level of  socio-economic development, especially   basic service delivery  in rural areas, as a result of  the implementation of the district assembly concept , meant to  bring development to the grassroot.

Lately the Planting for Food and Jobs flagship agricultural programme of the current administration, undoubtedly, is a general policy continuation to make Ghana self sufficient, through agriculture.

What meaning is our independence, when we are estimated to spend in the region of about GH¢ 2 billion to import some food items, including rice which we have the capacity to produce locally?

To overcome the high dependency on foreign aid, we have no option than to pursue Ghana Beyond Aid, we must walk the talk! Let’s reignite our “can do spirit” for the journey ahead to realise the dream of a self reliant country in Africa.

 

 

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