IT took the collective effort of citizens of countries like the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany amongst other advanced nations to get to where they have reached today. This was largely based on their quest and commitment to become a prosperous country.
TODAY many of us in developing countries, (Ghana not exempted), envy these countries for their pace of growth. It is, therefore, not surprising to see many of our youth running to the embassies of these countries for visas to go and seek greener pastures.
HOWEVER, we can also make Ghana a great and prosperous nation if we set our minds to this agenda. We must all understand that though these advanced countries may help us in a way, the task of making Ghana a prosperous country is entirely our responsibility.
THIS will, therefore, require the collective effort of every Ghanaian including those in the Diaspora. We may have gained independence from our colonial master—the British—in 1957, but the fact remains that we are still economically dependent on some of these advanced countries.
IT is an open secret that countries such as the UK, USA, France, Germany, China etc., continue to give us grants, aids and in some cases loan facilities to support our developmental agenda. The other side of these packages is that they come with attached strings, conditionalities, which limit us in a way regarding how they should be utilised.
IT is in the light of the above that Today supports the call by the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Catherine Afeku, during a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the beginning of this year’s Emancipation Day celebration and PANAFEST, on people of African descent to come so we work together to liberate ourselves economically.
ACCORDING to Minister Afeku, “It is no longer a call to freedom fighting; it is a call for economic freedom. That is the true call for this festival. Let us come together with our minds and spirit and show the rest of the world that we are custodians of civilisation.”
IN the view of Today, the Tourism Minister has said it all. She could not have said it better. This time round it is how we can emancipate our countries from the strings-attached economic packages that are given to us by our so-called development partners and advanced countries.
AND, we at Today are of the strongest view that we can do this if Ghanaians both within and those in the Diaspora come together to contribute our quota.
QUITE often, there has been a certain reluctance on the part of Ghanaians in the Diaspora to contribute their quota towards developing this country. Unfortunately, this has largely been as a result of some misconceptions back home.
BUT, we at Today still believe that we can make this country prosperous. And this will require the contribution of every Ghanaian including those in the Diaspora.
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