FIXING GHANA TOGETHER – Jones Anyamesem
Sudden rises in debt burdens of countries around the world as a result of the COVID pandemic is indicative that we are not in normal times. Example
1. South Africa 62.2% (2019) to 82.6% (2020).
2. Rwanda 50.7% (2019) to 61.6% (2020).
3. United Kingdom 85.4% (2019) to 100.9% (2020).
Ghana as part of the world economy will definitely feel the concomitant effect of this world pandemic. It takes a prudent leadership to gradually deal with this challenge.
The state of the country
Ghana was on the path of getting fixed before 2019. Job opportunities were created. Nurses who had stayed home for years before 2012 have had the opportunity to be called workers. Teachers, local government, Ministry of Agric, NABCO and the likes are the raw data to show that the government is fixing the country.
On economy, the country had witnessed continuous single digit inflation. Debt to GDP was 69%. The stagnated economic growth was fixed to hit 7% average in first four years. This helped the country by exiting from IMF program. The private sector was boosted with the support for small scale businesses and the massive industrialization drive with the One District One Factory project. The 1D1F built more than the 32 factories built by Nkrumah
The following factories are operational under the government of Nana Addo.
Agro Africa Limited
Kasapreko Company Limited (Subsidiary) Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Rider Hom and Steel Ghana Limited
Beacon Hill Industries Limited
SarChin Chip Bamboo Production
Weddi Africa Limited
Linise Company Ltd
Yedent Agro Limited
Atebubu – Amantin Agro Processing
Rhovanni Royal Limited
Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Limited
Petersfield and Rey Group Limited
Appeb Manufacturing Company Limited
Casa de Ropa Limited
Debridge Industries Limited
Kete Krachi Timber Recovery Limited
Brompton Portfolio Limited
Maagrace Garment Industries Ltd
Rockcare Beverages Limited
Akuapem Gold Agro-processing Ltd
Beekaf Food Ghana Limited
Kwahu Roots and Fruit Limited
Pam Pharmaceuticals Limited
Appah Farms Limited
Lan Tianyi Soymilk Company Ltd
Sunda Ghana Diapers Limited
B5 Plus Limited
Sentuo Ceramic Ghana Ltd
Leefound Stuff Ghana Limited
Sunda Ghana Investment Company Ltd
Three Dreamers Company Limited
Poultry City Limited
Benjamin’s Hot Chocolate
Agricultural Manufacturing Group (AMG) Limited (Subsidiary)
Flamingo Rice Company Limited
LK International Limited (Motor King)
African European Textiles Limited
Walewale Watermelon Processing Company Limited
Te – Vonwa Limited
Ghana Rubber Estate Limited
KEDA Ceramics Company Ltd.
Digitization and Digitalization which are seen as the drivers of development has reached it peak and other African countries like Kenya have taken a cue from Ghana.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has affected countries across the globe to the extent that the almighty America is borrowing billions of dollars. China has for the first time since 2020 has witness a massive economic downturn.
We have witnessed the negative impact of COVID 19 and its concomitant economic hardships not only on the Ghanaian economy but economies worldwide.
Ghana, like all the major economies have challenges which we agree need fixing and it is our collective responsibility to fix our country and recover from the pandemic. Almost every country is seeing petrol increases and also instituting measures to increase taxes.
The expectations of Ghanaians are understandably high and always higher under an NPP government and, as such, they expect NPP under Akufo-Addo to fix in 8yrs what NDC couldn’t in 16yrs (or 27yrs including PNDC).
But, as the President said at his maiden state of the nation address in 2017, he was not elected to complain but to find and apply solutions.
The way forward
1. Education, health, transportation infrastructure and industrialization are priority areas that the government must give far greater attention to.
2. The citizen factor. We should also all be asking ourselves what are we doing as citizens to help fix the nation? Are we paying our taxes? Are we aiding or fighting against corruption? Are we keeping our communities clean? Are we being responsible parents or children? Are we performing our duties well as employers or employees? These are rhetorical questions that must be answered by our conscience.
In conclusion, fixing Ghana is the responsibility of all of us. When a government fails to perform, we are free to kick it out after 4yrs. But when citizens fail to live up to their responsibilities, they remain citizens and forever bear the consequences.
Let’s all help fix Ghana!
Jones Anyamesem (Constituency secretary, Kwabre East)