Ominous clouds overlook the country. Perhaps these have accounted for the shortage of fuel, the vacillation by government over whether to direct another utilities’ tariff hike or not within a short span of time. The list is seemingly endless. We can stretch it to include a befuddled President not knowing what to do with scandal-clad government appointees who made fortunes through the Brazil soccer campaign.
We are elated that reason has prevailed on what by all standards, is a pressurised government’s decision to hold back the decision to up the cost of electricity and water at least for now. But for how long will this be, is beyond our ken. Not even the President can tell when he would let go his suspension of the hike, given the extent of desperation of his government.
Ghanaians have never been so pressurised: when a government under pressure turns to the people through taxes to get a necessary breather – the repercussions are what Ghanaians are suffering now.
Yesterday, for the first time in Ghana’s history, elites through social media were able to assemble themselves for a march to drum in a message about how things are falling apart in the country.
In spite of an early morning downpour, the number of people who stormed the vicinity around the Flagstaff House to register their opprobrium was remarkable.
To think about the fact that most of these people parked their cars, dared the odds including an inclement weather, and marched in protest against bad governance, is heart-warming.
The lesson to be learnt by government and other functionaries about what happened yesterday is that they should not count on an indefinite docility of Ghanaians. At a certain point the people would move themselves, especially given the advantage of the social media today, to achieve a goal.
The petition presented to government yesterday encapsulated what Ghana is going through and which needs urgent attention.
We have had enough of the excuses. Proper placement of priorities would solve the challenges of the country. Unfortunately, political expediencies inform those at the helm to care less about the repercussions of spending so much on overturning the will of the people during elections.
It is not funny when people pass snide remarks about the NDC government being concerned more about putting in place the obnoxious structures to rig elections than addressing the socio-economic challenges of the country.
The country is in tatters and its citizens are beginning to lose patience with those at the helm. Identifiable politicians who sought to join the march were stopped from being part of the epoch-making event. This is ample evidence that the people of this country are on the verge of taking their destinies into their own hands. That is the end result of sustained frustration, which is what Ghanaians have gone through these past few years – and are still going through.
Let them hear who have ears. In as much as Ghanaians have access to the social media, and there is no stopping that, no government, regardless of the weaponry and foolhardiness at its disposal, can stop them from registering their frustration and forcing a change in their circumstances.