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BURN, BABY BURN – NIGER DELTA GHOST!

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 17, 2010

By Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, THE VOICE OF  REASON

ONCE UPON A TIME, the Niger Delta was calm until the oil find

Making the politicians’ bank accounts feel like fluid

Swimming in money like Tsunami flood

Eating, drinking and partying like no tomorrow

While the citizens go to bed with empty tummies

You wonder   why Delta is burning

Check out why they’re fighting

It’s not so much about one’s equality

It’s simply about oil equity

Hope Ghana takes a page or two from Nigeria’s pain

So as not to fall into the same frying pan

The oil is for all Ghanaians

It needs to be shared by all Ghanaians

Once it becomes a personal fortune

It will likely create fire fortress

That can kill our expectations, aspirations and inspirations

When people have too much dissatisfaction

There will be no other explanations

Than denunciations and demonstrations

Sadly our negative actions are not making a difference

Because of our chronic indifference

In a land where money makes all the difference

For we’ve been waiting for this chance

To justify our existence

Many centuries have gone by with no hope to exhale

It made so many of us end up in self-   imposed exile

But with the oil money we can easily go astray

We’re bound to be on gravy train

Because Ghanaians spend money like rain

Yet figuring   out a name for the crude is even a mind strain

We don’t have the minds to be trained

To mine the oil mines

If   we don’t want Western Region Delta

We better learn how to treat the people better

This is not the time to shower people with flatter

Since the GNPC is going to be the only entity for the oil right

You don’t need me to tell you that something’s not right

When the government has all the right

To determine our future when we’ve a choice to be GNPC shareholders

The best way to solve this is to make everyone buy a share

In GNPC to prevent the government and its cronies from having the lion share

Ghana has the potentials to be a rich fountain

As long as everyone’s going to maintain

By keeping the money to improve lives at home

To make Ghana’s children to stay home

Because we’re tired of being globetrotters

Hustling and bustling just to get our daily bread to make life better

Hope I’m not the only voice in the forest

To sound the alarm to the  people to get set

I’m not giving up because too much is at stake

To take my warnings as baseless facts

Politics and Policies aside

We have to get the right people assigned

Put national interest above everything

And make the old politics a past thing

If the Dumbocrats   and Corruptcrats ruin this opportunity it will backfire

That is how the Delta fired up and started the fire

I don’t want to make this sound   palatable

But I know it’s possible

Now it’s our turn to turn a page to take a note

We can pray for change but that is empty hope

Not when a few us will have the audacity to shop

The volcano is hot

With the potential to erupt and rock

The ghost of Niger Delta is hanging around

Waiting for us to get it wrong

All we need is a new character born

To remember   how the Delta burns!!

Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (VOICE OF REASON), NJ, USA

*The author is a social commentator and the founder of The Adu-Gyamfi Disadvantaged Youth Empowerment Foundation at Asuom, Akim.

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