And she offered a warning to any young people enticed by apathy: “You can’t afford to be disappointed, you can’t afford to be tired. It’ll go on with or without you.
Quotation from actress Alfre Woodard, at a Next Generation Town Hall (What’s the Secret to the Youth Enthusiasm Gap?)
That part about “It’ll go on with or without you” applies EVERYWHERE. And I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about it applying to YOUNG GHANAIANS. (especially the affluent ones -_- like, we have no excuse; we’re educated…we can’t just sit at home or do internships and read the news and think that we’re a part of the country??)
“Really, I wonder how people as clueless as they are could be given such important jobs in the country. I think we can find others out of 25 million who could do the Ministers’ jobs much better. They have in my eyes declared their negligence over issues concerning young people. If this was not President Mills’ views then at best he is guilty of not knowing how to pick the best team for such an important part of Ghana’s development. At worst he is trying to sabotage development from the bottom-up. Yes, Ken Agyapong was wrong with his comments and in an ideal political world the NPP would have abandoned him for the year and allowed him to make amends in other ways out of the spotlight. But, what danger is Ken words, when Sam, Elvis and Moses aren’t even planning to build a Ghana for anyone to destroy?”
- Bello (blogger), in reference to certain Ghanaian Ministers speaking about education and unemployment
LOL. She snatched my heart and spread its words all over the page. MY goodness. Reading some of the politicians’ quotes just re-ignited vim for this Minister thing…hm.
(Maybe I’m ignorant?) And I’m being too suspicious? Or does a certain government want to seem very effective right now, as December elections approach? Either that or people don’t want to lose their jobs if the government changes? All of a sudden I’m seeing all these cases of people being arrested all over Facebook, and I’m just like e_e ….I just don’t know. I’ve never head of a teacher being arrested during BECE, or heard of it making the news, because WE ALL KNOW how often the cheating, etc actually happens. And for traders to actually be fined? They’re always warned and maybe they sack them..but really, I mean, generally - Ghana has never seemed to enforce any law (that we also know) and now all of a sudden, there are all these scapegoats. Na wa for our politics. Kmt. Please tell me if I’m wrong, though. I beg.
First, Ken Agyapong’s arrest. Then in one night I saw these things:
Teacher arrested for assisting students during BECE (NB: The Education Minister was visiting the area and the WAEC officer who caught the teacher “made this known” to her. If she wasn’t there would he have said it? I personally feel some type of way about it.) http://news.peacefmonline.com/education/201204/109085.php
Someone being convicted for stealing a pen drive from the Electoral Commission: http://news.peacefmonline.com/social/201204/109132.php
Traders fined GHC 1,400: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/details/Human-Interest/Court-fines-four-traders-GH-1-400-for-selling-at-unauthorised-places/?ci=6&ai=42272
Man fined GHC 1,200 for double registration: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/details/Human-Interest/Court-fines-an-unemployed-man-GH-1-200-for-double-registration/?ci=6&ai=42281
Then some random suspected robbers arrested: http://edition.radioxyzonline.com/pages/latest-stories-news/wed-04182012-2328/two-suspected-robbers-nabbed-tema-motorway
Interesting how the real thieves were actually chased into the bush and were caught the same night. An unusually fast response. Beside the point, I didn’t know there was a “Highway Patrol Team.”
I’m not saying these arrests are wrong, or what the people did is okay (not at all), but I don’t want to see any false pretense of justice if it’s not going to be real or pervasive and it’s not going to last long. That’s just some kind of childish politics. They can catch 10,000 thieves but when I go to Ghana in December I’ll still find police officers asking me for Christmas “bonus”.
Regardless of all this, I just HOPE that these are signs that Ghana is moving forward with its rule of law. I will just take it all in good faith. May3 dinn, may3 komm, may3 calm. (Thank you, Mzbel for your lyrics.)
But how I wish I could register to vote.