“As far as the hospital is concerned, I saw it myself; I went there; I went to Effia Nkwanta when I went to visit Nana Akwasi Agyemang, Dixcove Chief, who had been injured, and I can say it’s a very bad comment on all of us that we should allow a hospital like this to get in the situation where it is,” President Akufo-Addo.
When chiefs from the Western and Northern regions paid a visit to President Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House on Thursday, August 1, 2019, little did they know that the President would bluntly draw their attention to the situation which has, for a long time, been plaguing the country.
During the visit, the leader of the delegation, Ogyeahohuor Yaw Gyebi II, Paramount Chief of Sefwi Wiawso, who is also the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, spoke of the very poor state of the Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital.
In reply, and without mincing words, President, Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited his abhorrence for the lack of maintenance culture in the country, specifically, in the public sector, and sincerely wished that a stop be put to it.
The Chronicle, in all sincerity, supports the President in his condemnation of the lack of the maintenance culture, especially in the public sector. The paper wishes to draw the attention of our august chiefs that the President was not being disrespectful to them. He was rather expressing a pent-up frustration, through them, at how Ghanaians mishandle public properties just because they are not theirs, but “Aban’s” (government).
For quite a long time, Ghanaians have got stuck to the phenomenon of “Government property is not mine.” Thus, people look on unconcerned while government properties keep on deteriorating.
They have forgotten that the replacement of broken down equipment, furniture, etc., involves the tax-payer’s money, which could have been used for other purposes such as putting up school blocks for school children who study under trees, provision of potable water supply, modern public places of convenience, etc.
In government offices, some items such as furniture are carelessly handled. It is, therefore, not surprising to find a heap of broken-down furniture behind offices. Broken down government vehicles can also be seen parked somewhere, sometimes with some of the parts stolen.
Louvre blades in office windows get broken with nobody caring about their replacement, thus leaving such places with porous security. The premises of government installations are always left at the mercy of weeds, where reptiles relax in comfort, ready to pounce on intruders, in the case of snakes.
Just a second’s peep into some public places of convenience within government establishments will cause an instant headache from stench emanating from there, an indication of nonchalance on the part of some senior officers responsible for strict supervision.
For how long should this unfortunate situation be allowed to continue? If formerly public figures who were responsible to ensure maintenance culture shirked their duties, a highly patriotic and visionary leader is now in the saddle of governance and cares a bit to do the right thing.
The Chronicle, therefore, urges Ghanaians to listen to his well-intentioned admonition, because “it is not a good comment that we allow our institutions to deteriorate in this manner.”
“One of the thing that all of us have to make a decision about is the maintenance of our public institutions,” the President strongly believes, and we all must respond and turn over a new leaf to embrace the maintenance culture.