Parliament Does Not Deserve A Face-Lift
I sure don’t know what it will take to alert the ruling NPP administration to the fact that it is rapidly losing its credibility and wearing out its welcome with Ghanaians.
Elected in 2016 by an overwhelming and convincing margin, the party was expected by Ghanaian voters to work the magic it promised in the campaign by easing the burden of daily existence through growing the economy, creating jobs and a safe, crime free environment.
Sadly, after three years of governance, the administration’s record is spotty; in fact, it has nothing concrete to show for its time in office.
Evidence of the party’s ineptitude is damning; the economy still remains considerably weak, jobs are few and far in between, poverty is pervasive and crime continues to soar.
Not unexpected, Ghanaians are justifiably pissed off, angry that they have been lied to, taken advantage of, and have had their hopes dashed by a gang of mendacious politicians.
Against this background, conventional wisdom dictates that a government caught in this kind of predicament would sit up, take stock of its failings and other shortcomings and decide to tackle every imaginable problem head-on, if not for the purposes of political expediency, at least for the paramount interest of the people it governs.
But no, not the NPP; intoxicated by power and blinded by raw political ambition, it has become increasingly arrogant, impervious and authoritarian, ugly qualities that have vastly influenced its wanton spending sprees and reckless and poor management of the nation’s paltry financial resources.
Incredulously, with the economy struggling to gain traction and continuing to grow at a snail’s pace, contrary to the glowing remarks of top government officials and their lackeys in the media and with Ghanaians doing everything in their power to survive, to meet basic needs, the administration mischievously thinks the time is ripe to accord parliament a facelift.
Apparently taking Ghanaians for granted and believing that its latest ploy to suck the country dry would go unnoticed —- it had buried the spending item in the thick morass of its budget —– the administration plunged full speed ahead until Ghanaians stopped it dead in its tracks.
Reaction was swift. They took the administration to task and asked many questions. Ghanaians won’t be fooled this time around. It is indeed gratifying to see Ghanaians finally come out of their shells to challenge this government.
Caught red handed and with its pants down, the administration shamelessly tried to offer rationales for its plans to spend a huge chunk of Ghanaian taxpayer money on a new chamber for parliament.
The explanation advanced by the majority leader was particularly galling. He said the current chamber was not secured enough to protect the speaker from malicious attacks or acid sprays.
What a ridiculous attempt to justify unnecessary public expenditure if you ask me. It only laid bare the misplaced priorities of the NPP administration.
Ultimately, it is a crying shame that given the precarious financial situation in the country, the NPP would even contemplate wasting money that could better be used elsewhere on a frivolous project.