New Year’s Resolutions for Ghana
Happy New Year folks! 2014 was such a challenging year for Ghana and all of us. The depreciating cedi, high cost of living and rising inflation, the load-shedding and all the tax and utility hikes squeezed us in ways previously unimaginable.
Thankfully, we made it into 2015. We’ve already been told to look ahead with hope and optimism by President Mahama. I’m all for looking ahead with hope too. But we cannot thrive in 2015 if things are not done differently. Below is my list of things that should stay in 2014 – in the past.
1. Truly banish load-shedding (Dumsor) – Whatever it is the folks at the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the government are doing to ensure constant power supply this holiday, they should keep at it. Dumsor inflicted intolerable pain on citizens and businesses. I’m really tired of the endless and unscheduled blackouts. They have a way of sapping all your joy and ruining your day.
2. Minimize Presidential promises – President Mahama started 2014 with grand promises. He promised to end dumsor, boost economic growth, fix our roads, provide constant supply of pipe borne water to all Ghanaians, build 50 community senior high schools and more. Then, as the year drew to a close, he promised not to make any more promises after failing to fulfil most of the promises he had made earlier in the year. But he has since broken the promise not to make promises. It doesn’t look like the President is good at keeping promises; he should just do his job in 2015.