President John Evans Atta-Mills is reported to have told Ghanaians that his so-called 'Better Ghana' agenda is on course. After inspecting the Teacher-Mante-Suhum-Apedwa stretch of the Accra-Kumasi Highway, the Head of State told newsmen that the government would fulfill its 'Better Ghana' pledge.
He said what Ghanaians required were programmes and policies that would ensure our welfare. With barely five months to the end of the term of the President and his administration, The Chronicle would like to believe that it is too late in the day to talk of programmes and policies, if they were already not in existence.
For the past three and a half years, the government and its agents have merely built castles in the air, while most Ghanaians are at the wrong end of policies shouted from roof-tops without the corresponding effect on the ground.
The so-called 'Better Ghana' is still-born. There is absolutely nothing about this administration that has improved the lot of the people. We concede that the single spine policy has improved the take-home pay of the ordinary worker in government service. Beyond that, there is nothing about incomes in this country to write home about.
What is frustrating about the single spine income is that the increase in emolument has not been able to match the quantum increases in price of goods and services, in spite of a single digit inflation cooked in the books of the Ghana Statistical Service.
With the large mass of our people outside state service and, therefore, not covered by the single spine pay policy, most Ghanaians are unable to match increases in the cost of goods and services, with the level of increases in their incomes.
Then comes the unemployment syndrome. On the average, the Junior Secondary, or what we fondly remember as Jerry's Stupid Schools, churn out as many as 200,000 unemployable products every year. Since the University don occupied the Castle in January 2009, the unemployment figures are bulging.
For the first time in the political evolution of this country, we have an association for unemployed graduates. The situation on the ground is dire indeed! That is why instead of praising his administration for ushering in what he calls 'Better Ghana', we suggest that the President of the Republic should apologise to the people of this country for messing up our lives all this while.
If there is anything better, it could be traced, maybe to the bank accounts and lifestyles of people who previously have held no jobs and are now lords of the manor.
With judgment debts becoming the source of major revenue for a few people who shout from the roof-tops, the people are beginning to see through the activities of a government that has failed miserably to deliver to the large mass of our people.
We are told, for instance, that the Attorney-General's Department paid nearly $400,000 to a group of NDC lawyers to submit a report on the Isofoton issue. Though the state parted with that huge pay-out to lawyers singing the praises of this administration, by the time the report of the beneficiaries came out, the state had already commenced payment to the local agents of Isofoton. It is very clear that if one shouts loudest in the NDC, one is likely to be treated as a special breed of person, while the large mass of the people are suffocated by economic policies that have failed miserably.
The President should spare as the pain of living under his non-performing administration. The so-called Better Ghana is only a mirage. It should be laid to rest permanently.