The wanton wastage of taxes by government in commissioning nonexistent projects could trigger social unrest in Ghana.
Richard Kasu of CFF GHANA writes…..
The hue and cry of citizens regarding the wanton wastage of limited resources by government must be a worry to everyone living here in Ghana.
Just a week or so ago, the President of the Republic, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo went to the Volta and Oti regions in what was described as a working visit and His Excellency the President, was expected to inspect ongoing projects and to commission completed ones.
Initially, i was elated and commended the president for undertaking such exercise which I thought was worthwhile, but my greatest regret however has to do with the status of some of the ongoing projects, the kind of projects the president has actually gone to commission, the pop and pageantry associated with the trip in this hard times.
Specifically at Anfoega in the North Dayi District of the Volta Region, the facility (a car park & drainage) to be commissioned by the president leaves much to be desired. In fact, it doesn’t commensurate with the resources used during the trip.
It is interesting to note that our president, a man who told us consistently during his opposition days of protecting the public purse has to travel with over 40 expensive and very high fuel consuming V8 cars together with his entourage.
The question is what is the sense in travelling with such huge number of vehicles under a man who promised to protect the public purse?
Why this wanton wastage of limited resources in the midst of huge unemployment rate, and the excruciating economic hardships brought on us by Covid-19?
Won’t it make economic sense when such monies being wasted in presidential trips used to impact lives positively at several communities? Is this tax wastage the president’s definition of putting Ghana on the path of progress and sustained growth?
Truth be told, the agitations, lamentations and apprehensions expressed by majority of Ghanaians upon sighting the viral video which captured the fleet of cars used for the said working visit cannot be underestimated. The people’s voices on the wanton wastage must not be overlooked. The voice of the Ghanaian people especially the youths on the seeming wretched state of affairs must be given serious attention by government.
These agitations could best be described as early warning signs of violence and social unrest. The early Mr. President rise to the occasion in inspiring hope, the better…
The Guinean Coup d’etat and the Arab Spring must at least guide the nation, Ghana!