It was Kwame Nkrumah who echoed these words Ghana our beloved country is freed forever. Notwithstanding, can we say we are free as a people. What kind of freedom was Nkrumah talking about and in what sense, well maybe in the sense of not being govern by the British our colonial masters. Since the time Ghana gained independence, we have gone through lots of faces in our developmental aspirations. It is not a good reflection of a country so rich and endowed with gold, diamond and other important minerals. Every year the leader (President) of the country speaks to us about the state of the nation and he addresses the whole country.
It is increasing worrisome that the President(leader) does not tell us the True State of the Nation and what he wants to do to improve on it or provide solutions to mitigate the challenges of the country. It is important that the citizenry are told what is the true state of our nation and governments solutions to deal with it. It significant that the government has to emphasize on measures, proposals, policies to deal with this contingencies arising in many areas of the nation. We have had several state of the nation addresses that looks like reading a manifesto to the people of the country. Most of the addresses do not reflect on the ideals of the people and has nothing for the people to lay claim to it.
The address on the true state of our nation should first and most tells us, where we are as a people are heading to and what do we want to achieve as a people. What are the problems we have as a people and what are the steps taken already to deal with it. What are the major hurdles of the nation in terms of adequate electricity, adequate water, roads, health and other relevant matters that concerns our nation. Surprisingly, however, the state of the nation addresses are a filled with more promises and no implementation. It is incumbent on all of us to hold our leaders to a higher standard of accountability. We cannot allow our nation to be taken for granted each year by an address that do not harness and reflect on the true state of our nation.
Let us take a look at the true state of our nation, Education- the standard of our education has fallen considerably because we do not have a vision or a plan to arrest the situation about the standards we want to build or adopt to remake our education. There seems to be no plan at all to raise the fallen standards of mathematics and science as well as other subject to improve on the lots of our children. Education is the bedrock of any rising nation that wants to developed. Governments needs to address these concerns to established a better framework to reenforced the poor standard of our education.
Health- a healthy nation is a strong and promising nation, when it comes to proper health delivery to the people, we cannot fully say we are offering better services to the people. Most of our hospitals have no adequate infrastructure to serve the people, we have broken machines or we have nothing to serve the hospitals. It is increasingly worrisome that everything is in short supply doctors, nurses, cleaners, beds, IV stands, bed sheets, medicines and proper services to the people. Some of our health centers are not neat to even admit people, it is heartbreaking that we treat our own people like that.
Road network- you cannot understand why the roads are in such deplorable shape and not accessible to the towns. Most of the bridges lack basic repairs. The roads and highway authority is doing nothing to make our roads better, we continue to construct new roads to the detriment of the old connected roads. Some of our roads have been abandon for so many years because the governments have lost it priorities of the developments of our major road network. There is the need for us to see into the future, how we want to build the road network to facilitates development of the country. The road network is a key to make the country accessible to the towns and villages. For us to achieve our greatness a country we need rightful emphasis to the road network in the country. Our potentials lies within how we handle the road network of the country.
Security-All over the world security is very vital to the development of the nation, neglect security and you pay dearly for the lapses in your country. It is imperative that we do not take for granted the security of the nation whether at the ports, harbor and the internet. We need be aware of the implications of security lapses at our ports at all times. We need to developed all available techniques to protect our interest as a nation. We have to deal with individuals who for some reasons wants to harm and destroy our democracy with fear or favor.
Armed Robbery- this is a problem to the peace and future of any country and we need to deal mercilessly with people in the country who are bent on tarnishing the good name of the country. It behooves on the government to deal with this situation, because it is destroying and causing many people to live in perpetual fear of being robbed of their possessions.The government ought to tell us what is he doing to deal with this menace. We cannot allow armed robbery to have a field day in our nation.
Patriotism- It is important to note that we as a people will rise and fall together, if we do not think about the social and economic well being of our dear nation. Ghanians have a problem with patriotism and we need to place right emphasis on that to address lack of it thereof. It is only when the flags are raised and the national anthem is sung, we need to make sure we are willing to deal with recalcitrant people who wants to steal the wealth of the nation to the detriment of our dear nation. Reports corrupt leaders, minsters, government works and other people who wants to destroy the country.
Law and Order It is very sad that there is no law and order in the country. In a situation where everybody can do anything and get away with in the nation it undermines the sovereignty of the nation. The true states of the nation is that there is no order in the country, people are selling in the streets, bound items are still admitted to the country, motor cycles disallowed as taxis are still being used violating the laws of the country. People urinate and defecate anywhere violating the laws of the country. In fact there is no enforcement of our laws.
In my view this is the true state of our nation, all of these factors are in the 10 regions of the country therefore undermine our quest to make any meaningful headway to our developments.