I heard our dear President Atta Mills on Joyfm addressing the chiefs and people of Tain telling them how the debt his predecessor incurred is preventing him from delivering on his campaign promises. I was surprised because I have heard the same complain from the President when he addressed the Chiefs and people of Goaso. The central theme of his tour of the Western/Brong Ahafo regions was Kuffour incurred debt so we are unable to deliver the promises we made to Ghanaians. Adom FM also reported that the Vice President on his trip to Volta Region during the weekend also made a similar statement telling Voltarians that the debt incurred by the former administration is hampering his governement effort to deliver.
The situation in the country is getting worse by the day. We have seen unemployed youth seized toilets in Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi and many other places. We have seen fuel shortages in Accra. Fishermen cannot get premix fuel to go to sea despite the fact that they are in their peak season.In all these the President, his ministers and advisors look on while the economy is being shaking to the ground. Is this why we voted for you Mr. President, to complain to us? No.
Besides, Obama's Defence Secretary Robert Gates does not come from his Democratic party. Gates worked as Defence Secretary under the Bush administration and Obama maintained him without hell breaking loose in his Party. President Mills should compare that with the call by the founder of NDC to drive away from office Ghanaians who do not hold NDC Party IDs. Obama has resisted every call within his party and that of the Republican Party to prosecute former Vice President Dick Cheney because he says that is not his priority. Compare that with the arrests and the detentions and confiscations of cars which seem to be on top of President Mills' agenda. What I am saying is that President Mills and his government are not making any in roads to heal the economy and meet their campaign promises because that has never been their priority.
Obama and other leaders around the globe are pushing forward to save jobs and help their own citizens obtain employment despite the economic crunch and the fact that they owe a lot of money to their creditors. What we hear everyday about them is that they are arresting the collapse of their financial system, they are reducing the soaring unemployment problem, they are working with Russia and Ukraine to ensure steady flow of gas to their countries, they are working to contain inflation, they are supporting small businesses to increase production and provide jobs to the unemployed, they are working with the opposition to cut down deficit and are working to inject sanity into the world economic system not complaints, complaints and complaints.
I want to remind President Mills that as Chief Executive Officer of Ghana, your job is to solve the problems that exist in the country not to tell Ghanaians that there are problems. Ghanaians know the problems already and that is why they dethroned the NPP by voting for you and your party. So the debt that Ghana owes cannot be an excuse for you to defer on your promises. I do not want to believe that you are a bad worker who is quarrelling with his tools hence the complaints and accusations. It is only when you and your ministers get serious and find solutions to the problems facing Ghanaians that you will be able to deliver. So get serious and stop thinking that by accusing your predecessor, the people of Ghana will forgive you for not honouring your promise. We the people are matured enough to know that such blame games are political gimmicks and publicity stunt designed to divert attention from the main problems. I would like to remind the President that whatever he does or says, we the people of Ghana have resolved to demand that he honours his promises or face our wrath in 2012 which is just at the corner. We have noticed that we have been fooled for quite too long with promises, pledges and what have you but this time our eyes are wide opened and we have come of age to be taken for fools. Therefore it is either you deliver or you suffer the same fate of your predecessor.
Mr. President remember when NPP took over power in 2001 they too complained bitterly about the debt at the time but in 2008 Ghanaians overthrew them from office not because of how much we owed our creditors, but because they failed to deliver what they promised the good people of this nation. It is as simple as that. You promise us you deliver and we vote for you, you promise us you fail to deliver and we drive you out. So Mr. President, please stop the blame games, get serious and solve the problems. We know Ghana has been owing since the day we started managing our own affairs so the complain that there are debts and therefore you cannot provide premix fuel to our fishermen is neither here nor there. The simple truth is that you and your ministers have not gotten serious to solve our problems and that is why you want escape goats but it will not work this time. Failure to deliver is not an option, Mr.President.
I will only advice you to reshuffle your cabinet and bring in more experienced and qualified people like Dr. Spio Garbrah to do the job. You must also work closely with the opposition to speed up thing in the country as you know we have a hung Parliament. I rest my case.
By Lord Aikins Adusei
Activist and anti-corruption campaigner. He blogs at www.ghanapundit.blogspot.com