Akwoyire Patrick Bugayire, the secretary of speak your mind movement writes.
“Ghana here we come”. The struggle for independence was caused by several ill-treatment meted out to Ghanaians by our colonial masters. Many were sold out as slaves in exchange of small amount of money which could not buy a valuable item. The gold we are blessed with was rather benefitting people whose lands never got some.
Governance system was greatly influenced by dictatorship characterized by inconsistent tenure of office of heads of state then making administrative process of the country a bit challenging. The educational system designed for Ghana never matched with the problems it needed to address thereby making us unable to achieve our desired goals out of education.
As a result, several educational ordinance and reforms were established prior to independence such as the 1852, 1882 and the 1887 education ordinance as well as Governor Roger’s reforms 1909, Governor Sir Guggisberg reforms of 1919_1927, and Accelerated Development Plan of 1951 but never saved Ghana. Many other policies and Constitutions were drawn such as Sir Alan Burns Constitution but never saw the light of day.
The struggle continued until 6th March, 1957 when Gold Coast was declared an independent country by the leader of the big six; Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and a new name was given as Ghana. The declaration was characterized by an intense jubilations as it gave brighter hope and a new beginning for Ghanaians. Subsequently, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah became the first president of Ghana.
Several initiatives and policies were established by his government such as free compulsory basic education for all Ghanaian children of school going age, improvement of health care delivery, transportation, construction of factories and railways to boast local and international businesses, building of more infrastructure to promote formal education, establishment of Northern Scholarship package for boarding students in the Senior High Schools.
Most of these things were achieved without the president having to relied solely on foreign aids even the natural resources in Ghana at the time such as cocoa, timber, oil, gold etc were not discovered in large quantities compare to now. There was less burden on the economy because the kind of reckless borrowing and neglect of public properties with the mindset of begging for debt pardon wasn’t as it is now.
Successive governments tried to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians from the military regime to the Democratic system even though, several attempts were made to suppress the sovereignty of the people but unsuccessful until 1992 when Ghana adopted a democratic Constitution which article 1 (2) emphasis that the Constitution is the supreme law of the country.
The battle to improve the lives of Ghanaians never stopped there but continued through implementation of several policies and programs to ensure that the ordinary Ghanaian enjoys the fruit of his labour. This is characterized by implementation of several portions of the 1992 Constitution except article 1 (1) “ The Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in the Constitution” and article 17 (1,2,3) which stress on the principle of equality before the law and fronds against discrimination in any form as well as article 21(1)d “ All persons shall have the right to freedom of assembly including freedom to take part in processions and demonstrations”.
Until the above listed portions of the Constitution are properly and effectively enforced, Ghanaians will forever regret voting any party into power to oversee the affairs of the State because if for nothing, of what significance is article 71 if and only if article 1(1) and article 17 (1,2,3) truly exist?. This is a clear indication that our colonial masters are the article 71 office holders.