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Can A Vampire State Achieve A Great Leap Forward? Analyzing the Political Economy of Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 23, 2012

Ben Ofosu-Appiah, Tokyo, Japan.

South Korea went from a poor country devastated by war to an OECD member in 50 years. In the same period of time Ghana went from a country with a high potential for take off to one that stagnated at best and standards of living declined or backwardness.

In many parts of the country, hundreds of kilometers of colonial roads have disappeared, schools and clinics are in dilapidated state and social infrastructure have been allowed to collapse. In 55 years not even a single kilometer of railway line has been constructed and the one the colonial rulers left have been allowed to deteriorate and collapsed. Something is definitely wrong and needs to be put right now. Leadership failures and an incurable greed have been our bane. Our motherland is under enormous strain today due to the unbridled quest for material gains using the state machinery. Cronyism, nepotism, favouritism, political patronage are turning the democratic governance on its head. When will political leaders ever roll up their sleeves and get to work for mother Ghana rather than seeking to fill their pockets first acquiring material gains? Read the rest of this entry »

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