Feature Article of Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Columnist: Bolus, Mercy Adede
Why label Ghana as a Third World Country!
...Or Are we?
Reflecting on the articles springing up from Ghana web.com, it highlights that Ghanaians in Diaspora are waking up to the realisation that Ghana is missing out on global opportunities such as industrialisation.
Many Ghanaians do study and cramp in so many credentials under their belt. Well, talk of implementation that is applying theory to practice one senses a weakness. The desire to demonstrate their qualifications in the real world hardly comes out from us. Why is this? We are happy to work in foreign lands and be paid but then to relate one’s working areas to event happening in Ghana some of us struggle to come to terms with.
Ghanaians in Diaspora have been exposed to strategic thinking in the well developed countries are now beginning to ask questions why Ghana is still failing to grasp the nettle.
All we need is that, any party which takes over the seat of Government must to endeavour to work in partnership with Ghanaians in Diaspora with key positions globally as Chief Executives, Directors and Managers. Encourage the various embassies all over the world to have a skill audit and hobbies of Ghanaians in Diaspora and tap into them when need arises.
Thanks goodness we now have the Minister for the Diaspora’s. Thumb up for the current Government of this initiative and the freedom of speech.
On the other hand, Ghanaians would prefer if the Minister of Diaspora makes himself more conspicuous and accessible when we visit home to drop in vital connections needed for our revival from the Phoenix.
It would be helpful if there is an appointment system in place in his office or phone number or email to ensure an effective and efficient system of communications.
Diaspora’s want Ghana to succeed and we are happy to engage in any partnership deals with the Government at a discount rate rather than employing foreign consultants who do not have a wider understanding about our culture and our aspirations.
Ghana needs to embrace all our brothers and sisters all over the globe whether through slavery or not to think of home and share their knowledge and experiences to promote Ghana as a nation.
Everyone is important and no one needs to feel that someone else is more important than others are.
Even a street cleaner in the Western world has something to offer to better Ghana because he or she thinks differently and have the inside knowledge than anyone else about street cleanliness as well as a more appropriate method for our systems.
There should be equal opportunity for everyone and respect people chosen field of professionalism.
In the previous years, people have looked down on the poor within our society. The tables could turn at any given time and these poor and vulnerable given the right back up in education where ever could be the policy makers, or world travellers as struggle to make a difference to their families. Where as the rich children relies on their parent’s wealth and perishes like a fruit of the tree.
This is why things are so different in Ghana when we compare ourselves to the rest of the world. We are self-believers in making it to the top by hook or crook without relying on the state benefits. Thumbs up Ghanaians.
Why should we as a nation be classified third world countries when Ghana is supplying intellectuals to well-developed countries and offering a creditable workforce of scholars’ etc? Have the well-developed countries forgotten this?
Is it because Ghana loves to be classified as poverty-stricken country to earns greater loans and aids?
Ghana has no excuse to be poverty stricken when it is surrounded by such wealth of natural resources.
Shame on us all for allowing this to happen, due to our laziness to grasp the following
Seizing the future through industrialisation and technological advancement, mass education of our workforce
Lack of our Government in leading people through global change.
Our lack of holding Government and individuals organisation to accounts instead of saying it does not matter and rather focusing that it would be better one day.
Empowering our youths, the elderly and prolonging their years on earth by enhancing the remaining years with fulfilling activities such as art and craft, exercises etc.
Promoting effective strategic thinking right from nursery schools level to through to University level.
Have an intellectual flexibly to move the nation forward by bending wind the wind as U.S.A and Britain is constantly engaging in. Ghana or the rest of Africa are too rigid with traditions rather focusing on marrying underdevelopment’s and developments to get the best of both worlds.
Ghanaians citizens are politically astute but to what extent though? Do we have pressured groups to keep any Government to its toes?
Collaborative working is effective with better outcomes, however do we as a nation respect each other yield of professionalism and acknowledge our limitations?
Ghanaians must have the desire to drive for real results, as anything will not do. Let reflect upon the achievement of our football squad. They played extremely well and deserve an everlasting recognition but our President as well as Ghana as a nation would have loved the squad to net the ball rather than missing precious goals. This is a drive for result not near misses.
Ghana must be broad scanning the economic environment and take advantage of global intelligence, effective communication and competitiveness, as anything is do- able however resilience, determination and willpower plus health are the clue to success.
What we really should be asking ourselves is that, have we got those personal qualities such as self-management, personal integrity, self-awareness, drive for improvement, and self believe?
It would be worth considering all these as our main focus if we aim in succeed on the global market.
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