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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Do we not need a team? COMMENT ON: Ghana Sits on Borrowed Money & Borrowed Time

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Franklin Cudjoe, Bright B. Simons and Kofi Bentil, thank you very much for this report. This is an extremely nourishing food for thought. It is very rare to read the works of such good journalism. Competent and very effective. It is remarkable to put up such a good report in such a short time. I particularly like this aspect of the report:

”As the discussions took this turn, of participants making bold recommendations that required, foremost, a reform of worldview rather than “institutions”, and the complex and unavoidable bureaucracy the latter entailed, one couldn't help the feeling that there was a tacit recognition of the gross limitations of the World Bank's effectiveness in our affairs. Indeed, by the time the gathering reached the session on Social Accountability, and jumped into the fray of how standards for Civil Society Organisations may be promoted and enforced (so that “the watchmen can be watched”), the unstated but palpable feeling was that we as Africans and Ghanaians were the alpha and omega of our development. Institutions like the World Bank can only be incidental.”

Fellow Africans, the ball is once again, at the same place. It has not moved. It is in your court, not in our court. It is up to each individual to give it a kick and score a goal, or pass it to someone who can score the goal, or pass it to someone who can pass it to another to score the goal. Do we not need a team? Food for thought, and fuel for action:
“We in Africa who are pressing now for unity are deeply conscious of the validity of our purpose. We need the strength of our combined numbers and resources to protect ourselves from the very positive dangers of returning to colonialism in disguised forms. We need it to combat the entrenched forces dividing our continent and still holding back millions of our brothers. We need it to secure total African liberation. We need it to carry forward our construction of a socio-economic system that will support the great mass of our steadily rising population at levels of life which will compare with those in the most advanced countries” - Kwame Nkrumah, "Africa Must Unite!", 1960.

Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!

Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
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