Opinion

Only in Ghana!

Only in Ghana! Imagine a whole Parliamentarian, screaming foul on national media. And I asked myself, what is his beef?

Apparently, his supposed HIPC fund had gone missing from the account. How was that possible, and why was the money sitting there in the first place. Apparently, as was his response, he was only saving the money for the next four or eight years, until it had substantiated enough for it to be used. A cock and bull story!

It was more interesting when, a couple of days later, other Parliamentarians joined in the pandemonium, all threatening to boycott Parliament. Indeed, it is quite remarkable, how these Parliamentarians find a common ground on monetary issues.

Why the noise when we all know that the money would have been idle in the bank anyway? If it can idle for four years or even eight, as I heard that morning, I bet government can equally wait till four or eight years before disbursing it. What then would be the rationale for the funding anyway?

Only in Ghana! How can money, meant for development, be kept idle in a bank, simply because, a Parliamentarian has decided that it is too small to be used so he could wait for at least, four, or eight years, should he be re-elected, before he uses it. According to him, that was the norm. He was not the only one.

What right does a Parliamentarian have, to make such a decision? What happens, should he lose an election? What about his constituents? It means, for the entire period the money idles in the bank, nothing for his constituency! How was it possible for the account to be accessed by a non-signatory? Who takes the interest on the money? I need to be educated.

One thing was quite clear as I sat listening to this Parliamentarian that morning. He had not thought about the repercussions of his statement.

Why should government monies sit idle, when there are dire issues to be addressed and resolved each day? People are hungry! People are sick and dying! School fees need to be paid! Accessibility to water supply is a hurdle! These are basic necessities that do not need thousands or millions.

At least one single problem could be solved. And yet, our Parliamentarians rather prefer to compound issues for a period of four or even eight years! Perhaps, it is convenient to wait until the political campaign seasons, before the money can be put to good use, as always.

Considering the utterance of this Parliamentarian, his constituency would see no development, during the period that his funds are hibernating. What would he then be doing in his constituency, as a Parliamentarian? He would only be showing up in Parliament, to add to the numbers.

Such are the stories of several of our Parliamentarians. They show up in Parliament, but have no contributions to make. Each year, monies are handed out, but in the end, no tangible account is rendered.

In my final year in the university, for the school of engineering, our student president, did particularly nothing, for the whole year he remained in power.

I remember participating in a solar power design competition, and even for us to receive our certificates of participation, proved futile! In the end however, a budget was exhausted. Millions had been spent! Like this young man, they usually, and almost always, find their way into government. Catch them young…

Ghanaians ought to be serious. Monies are sneaking out of government coffers each year, in the full glare of us all. We keep talking about judgment debts, corruption, embezzlements.

How do we put a stop to this canker? It is no longer news.

Yes, this Parliamentarian had the audacity to openly scream foul and his colleagues joined in. That is the insult we receive each day. People steal from the nation, and then, parade them; from the mansions, vehicles, to several others.

Clearly, I am addressing a Parliamentarian, but he is not the sole culprit. Like him, several others exist in our workplaces, and communities. We know them all. What have we done to put a stop to this nonsense? Within our various localities and offices, such are the realities.

Clearly, our auditors are still far behind because our money keeps disappearing each day. We keep on setting up committees to probe these cases, but in the end, what do we do with the findings?

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