As we #fixthecountry, what don’t we know already?

I want to see Ghana fixed. I love to see Ghana fixed. I hope Ghana will be fixed. I pray Ghana will be fixed. But, in all this, can Ghana be fixed the way we want it? And how can Ghana be fixed?

I think we now appear to know how Ghana can be fixed. I think almost, if not all, our leaders knew and know how to fix Ghana.

My question however is: why haven’t we applied the answers we know to fix(ing) Ghana? Or why don’t we appear to apply the answers we know?

In the past and even now, we blame everything on leadership and corruption. Sure, these are the demons against our progress.

But can any nation in the world develop without corruption? Possibly, corruption elsewhere is economically functional. But in other places, corruption is unproductive.

Also, true, leadership is key. What about followers? Can one be a good leader without good followers – law abiding citizens? How can a leader make his or her followers good in a neoliberal democratic dispensation? Is a good leadership example good enough?

Whatever it is, l am convinced that the issues of underdevelopment are more complex than we are told.

We read well-written theories, emerging from deep cerebral work, about development, underdevelopment, and poverty. From Adam Smith, through David Ricardo to Karl Marx, we know the classic theories about economics and development.

However, it appears these theories are, indeed, theories. More so, it appears these theories are more theories for some constituencies than others. The theories give more sighs to some than others.

It also appears different shapes of the theories must be backed by “somethings” to be practical. But the “somethings” appear to be a tussle to possess.

Most of us know all the ethos of development; we have had PhDs in them. So, we are able to provide answers. This means it has become easier to offer answers than see the answers work.

Could this be the reason politicians work well in opposition than when in government? What about civil society groups and experts?

Anyways, when Ghana prospers, l may prosper. This is true because, as the proverb goes, “If the soup tastes good, the laddle gets a taste”.

Nevertheless, l am reflecting on how Ghana can be fixed and the extent it can be fixed to satisfy the majority of Ghanaians.

I am also wondering whether the political elites can really fix Ghana to satisfy the majority of Ghanaians. History does not appear to support any such optimism.

All the same, in an atmosphere of what some call a culture of silence, let us keep talking.

Maybe, one day, we would know the real cause of our underachievement. Maybe one day, we could apply the answers we know. Maybe one day, the youth could fix Ghana.

Until then, have a blessed weekend.


Prempeh Charles

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