It is registration of voter ID cards in Ghana and politicians scuffle to make sure everything is in order, whatever that means I do not care. What I want to know is are measures in place for the National Commission for Civic Education to teach the young ones and those who vote for the price of fifty Ghana cedis the worth of their mandate? All we hear are people who are now eighteen must register, people who have never registered must do so etc. What is the essence of registration if the people do not value their mandate and will form groups to sell it cheaply?
This problem of voting on tribal lines and for monetary gains in Africa makes me ashamed. I always say that one who can buy your vote is likely to buy you with your own money but people do not seem to care. Come to think of it, who will listen when there is corruption everywhere? Let’s play football, and we find Uncle Corruption sitting in the middle, let’s help the poor and needy and you find Uncle Corruption standing taking charge, let’s work on roads and Uncle Corruption tells tales of he being the construction manager, we must rear guinea fowls and Uncle Corruption says I am the biggest of the guinea fowls in Ghana not to talk of Uncle Corruption’s judgement debts. What can we do as a nation if Uncle Corruption pokes his nose in everything we do?
I think it is high time the National Commission for Civic Education takes charge by getting to the people to let them know their rights before the politicians get to them. Even if there is no hope for the current ones, let us start from the young ones. Ghana cannot wear tattered clothes forever. We have too much fabric to keep cutting pieces of clothes others have worn to make clothings which we never complete let alone wear. Let us do our respective bids to see us clothed.
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © 2014.