Feature Article of Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Columnist: Otchere-Darko, Gabby Asare
Date: 2010-07-07 09:01:12
Comment to: Where Was Gabby On Vodafone and Kosmos?
I really like your take on this. I have had the occasion of writing rejoinder after rejoinder concerning some of the most mischievous ideas ever printed by Africans against Africans by this strange institute. They even went as far as justifying the establishment of US military bases on our soil. A feat no African think tank has been able to achieve. Even when La Côte d'Ivoire decided to claim the Jubilee Oil from Ghana, we saw Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr, who describes himself a member of the governing body of the Danquah Institute, an Akufo Addo propaganda outfit, saying: "I am glad that, finally, the Ivorians are beginning to assert their right of access and enjoyment of Ghana’s purportedly new-found oil wealth... It also didn’t quite make a lot of sense to me that an oil find that lay so dangerously close to Ghana’s border with Côte d’Ivoire would also have been so [godlessly] uncharitable as to neatly parcel itself out for the exclusive benefit and enjoyment of Ghanaians while the war-seasoned Ivorians continued to languish in penury." - "Who Are These “Parliamentarian Drivers”? By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., Feature Article of Tuesday, 16 March 2010.
I am interested in this issue, but you people have shown so much mischief in the past that I take whatever you say or especially write, with a pinch of salt. I just started reading around it. I need all the information I can get. My preliminary beef is what I call intellectual dishonesty in this presentation. It breaks the entire argument into two by the neck:
"Government has more to do with our money than providing homes which the private sector is already doing."
You show no shame to use exclusively state-sponsored projects to subsequently justify your claim. Considering the intellectual depth so far displayed by the Danquah Institute, it comes as no surprise that the author turns around only to cite state-sponsored projects to justify his unfounded claims that "the private sector is already doing" this:
"As far back as the 1960’s, Ghanaians were in charge of large scale housing projects and even built the State House. Ghanaians fully managed and built Dansoman, Teshie-Nungua Estates etc."
None of these were accomplished without the active participation by the state. None of them were established without a vociferous opposition from the same people who are ideologically allergic to state participation.
Now after these preliminary observations I am ready for an in-depth discussion on this subject. I think we all owe it as a duty to our people to be open-minded and call a spade a spade, where the supreme interest of our people is at stake.
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!
Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.