MOVING GHANA’S DEVELOPMENTAL AGENDA WITHIN THE TECHNOLOGICAL SPACE: THE NEED FOR PATIENCE

THE Ghanaian  Times editorial today is on the above subject matter, relative to the call by the Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to Ghanaians to be patient, as government fixes the economy, which story was published on Page 17, of Wednesday, October 17 edition.

In the said write up, the Vice President is said to have entreated compatriots to be patient, for the government met things he considered as impediments, and in essence bottlenecks and cogs in the wheel of effective economic management of the country.

The Ghanaian Times shares in the views expressed by Dr Bawumia in his lamentation that after three score and ten years of independence, some basic things which should be in place to enhance the country’s governance structure and spur growth are still lacking and need to be fixed.

But we must also not forget the turbulent times and stages the country has had to go through, at one time or the other, until reaching the stage where it is today.

If it could be accepted that most of these periods in question retarded the country’s growth, then we need to bear with those at the helm of affairs to put things on an even keel, to ensure the country’s invigoration once again.

While we as a country were sliding, the world was not waiting for us. Indeed the world was moving with technological innovations and many emerging trends. The way of doing things manually and mechanically was giving way to modern science and technology.

In all facts of life, things have changed and yesterday’s world of voluminous papers has given way to paperless regime. And as noted by the Vice President, licensing regime, passport application systems, land and business registrations have all charged, among many others.

There is now mobile telephony, mobile interoperability, digital addressing system, introduction of rural telephony and general modernisation and digitisation of all aspects of life. And Ghana should move along with this general trend and civilisation.

We again moan with the Vice President, that much progress and advancement cannot be made in all fields of endeavour within a government’s four-year stay in office and within it mandate. This is because things have to be changed in many critical sectors to enable the country to survive.

The Ghanaian education system must be overhauled and more human resource trained, the Ghanaian system of trade and commerce should be put in trim to meet global demands and expectations, and the Ghanaian psyche and attitude to doing things must all undergo some radical transformation, if we are to make the required headway and presence in the comity of nations.

All these we must stress, cannot be done by a government, within a given period and as amply stated by Dr Bawumia, Ghanaians should exercise patience with whoever emerges at the helm of affairs, to push the country’s developmental agenda through.

The clarion call thus goes to both Ghanaians and politicians themselves. The politicians should thence bear with each other, stop castigating and labelling themselves and rather focus on the betterment of country’s men and women and the advancement of the country.

We must move with the 21st century, and be seen as a people conscious of life and what it all means to the human race, and leave our footprints in as landmarks for future generations. There and then will we have done Ghana our beloved country, the best she deserves.

Indeed, Ghanaian’s should head Dr Bawumia’s call and exercise patience, as the government and every other future government takes on the task of fixing the country’s economy.

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