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After Sixty Years Of Independence: The Story Of Ghana

Some sixty years ago, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his followers commonly referred to as “The Big Six” diligently fought and gained independence for Ghana.

Interestingly, from 1957, the country have seen successive governments in their bid to elevate its status. One would ask what achievements they have made in all these years?

If it were a man, he would have been on retirement or preparing to go on retirement yet it remains an indebted country. Indebted in almost all its sectors; education, health, economy, social, human development among others.

It is unarguable that there has been infrastructural advancement, however, the human intellectual and skills development necessary to maximise the infrastructural development is lacking.

Of most interest are the education and health sectors. After sixty years of independence, access to quality education by the average Ghanaian students in Ghana has become a privilege instead of a right due to high cost of education in the country.

Further, girl child education in the country is still in limbo as a result of incidences of child marriage and teenage pregnancy among other factors. In some communities, for instance, it is inaborminable for a girl to be married off before her first mensural experience.

In the aspect of health delivery, the government has made tremendous achievement in establishing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which has since somewhere 2005 remained ineffective. It only provides access to consultation services but failed to cover a certain class of medication considered very important and hence made health delivery service in general very poor. No wonder political leaders fly to the United Kingdom and other Western countries health care.

After sixty years of independence, women are still losing their lives in the process of bringing forth life due to the deplorable nature of some community structures such as health facilities and roads.

After sixty years of independence, civilisation remains an illusion to some people, they remain extremist in their cultural values and religious beliefs, which goes a long way to hamper the development of the societies.

After sixty years of independence, women are still regarded as sexual objects and housekeepers for the single reason that they are not empowered. They do not have the economic freedom and education (formal and informal) to stand up for their rights and rub shoulders with their men counterparts in the position of authority.

After sixty years of independence, the educated class rely on the government for white colour jobs simply because of their educational orientation. The government has made less move to transform the educational system inherited from colonial masters to meet current demands but still holds on to the Western system, and even failed to practice it up to expectation.

I can go on and on, but to me, Ghana has come a long way. There have been successive achievements especially in the area of our democratic credentials whereby since 1992 Ghana has become the hope of Africa. We have successfully, gone to the polls seven times to democratically elect our presidents and parliamentary candidates without the use of the gun.

Notwithstanding these “tremendous” achievements, the first four years into Ghana’s retirement (2020) is what I describe as “grace period” within which every Ghanaian citizen would expect considerable transformation in all sectors of the economy. The “one community, one dam”, “one district: one factory” and the refined “operation feed yourself” policies proclaimed by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo led administration have generated a new hope for a better future.

 

Writer: Philip Tengzu/ Contributor/ threesixtyGh

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