The question that ponders in one’s mind is how clueless is this New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Here is a government which, when in opposition and on the campaign trail, made juicy promises as a way to transform this God blessed homeland of ours, called Ghana.
After forming the government, it has become the norm that whenever he wants to implement any campaign promise, he is encountered with a backlash of criticism that he and his government are clueless, acting unconstitutional and so on, and so many discouraging words.
The question still remains to be answered, how clueless is this NPP government?
When in opposition, we heard the party clearly talking about Free Senior High School (SHS); One District One Factory; creation of regions; national ID card; using modern technology to address issues and so on, and so more than one forth.
The Free SHS hit the ground and received all the bashing one could get, with speculations that the current economic crunch in the country was because all funds were going into the Free SHS system, and that the government was clueless.
When the One District One Factory initiative rolled out, the opposition was quick to remind the government of the defunct rehabilitated sugar factory at Komenda, which, it claimed, was functioning at full capacity until the NPP came and switched of the machines. Surely, the NPP government was clueless. Well, the truth was the Komenda Sugar Factory run down immediately it started trial production, after rolling out only 100 bags of sugar, when all systems collapsed and shut down; and this was under the watch of the then ruling NDC.
In 2016, both the major political parties were screaming from the rooftops that, come 2017, if elected into power, they would create new regions. Very intelligent Ghanaians did not challenge this as unconstitutional and a waste of resources until the NPP rolled out this project. It is now being told that it is clueless and that it should know that the more the regions the less the development of the nation. They must as well suggest that we clear all regional boundaries and have a single unit nation, without regions and districts.
The national ID card also rolled out, and people started questioning the rational of not making the voter’s ID card a top pre-requirement as proof of citizenship, and that the NPP is clueless; when, in fact, not all possess the voters ID, and even the number of card holders exceeds 100% of the age 18 and above, with the then Electoral Commissioner admitting that the voters register was over bloated. So, how genuine can a voter’s ID be proof of citizenship?
Then, in entered modern technology, and the true average Ghanaian spirit came along as well. In the 70s, when calculators started hitting the market, students were warned not to use them during exams, so directed our educational authorities. Because the best way to get intelligent was to use your brains and not machines, today, we have calculators being used in any examination room.
When the world was switching from black/white photos in passports to coloured ones, Ghana said to Ghanaians: “Hold on! Coloured photos are not the best way of easily identifying the holder.” We entered the civilised world later, and the authorities have been requiring coloured photos ever since.
Health delivery all around the world is advancing by use of modern technology, because the difference between life and death could just be three minutes. Today, in some advanced or well-focused developing countries, the drone has stepped in to dispatch much-needed medical and health items directly to the scene, without any hindrance like traffic jams, flat tyres, inaccessible routes, etc., etc.
The drone delivers medication to rural American in Appalachia in Southwest Virginia, USA; the United Nations employed drones to airdrop condoms over rural parts of Ghana; California-based Matternet has partnered UNICEF to try to use drones in helping labs in rural Malawi get blood samples faster than before, to check for HIV/Aids; California-based Zipline has started flying commercial drones from its distribution center in Muhanga, Rwanda, to nearly two dozen hospitals in the that country. Blood units are sent to health workers in remote clinics within fifteen minutes, cutting time on such trips that once took hours to complete by cars; the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg in Mississippi, USA, is developing a drone to deliver telemedicine kits that would get doctors in touch with victims of natural disasters or terrorist attacks. The drone would deliver the kit, complete with Google Glass, to help connect a bystander who would be walked through treating someone in need of emergency care, and meanwhile, some African countries, including Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia and Mozambique, are also considering adopting the use of drones to ensure deliveries that once took days, and which can be made in mere minutes.
This is what is happening in the area of prompt health delivery all across the globe, but, here in Ghana, some of those who are supposed to know and be well-vested in the development of ideas, technology, health and medical care, are among those crying that the use of drones is a clueless solution to solve our health problems. And did we hear our doctors saying the time is not ripe? Our educationist once said the same about calculators ages ago, and, today, it is a requirement in the examination hall. Is the NPP clueless, or are some Ghanaian technocrats, think-thanks, professionals and opinion leaders the clueless ones?
As for this question, I am clueless and have no clue as to how to answer it.
Hon. Daniel Dugan