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GTV Blackouts Nana Addo - Lesson for NPP!
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GTV Blackouts Nana Addo - Lesson for NPP!

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 Source: Danso, Kwaku A.

Now the Need for full Privatization of the Media!

By: Kwaku A. Danso, Livermore, California

The idea of having the State finance the major newspapers in the nation and

have resources to compete with the private sector does not make sense in a

nation that claimed it moved away from socialism or communism after

Nkrumah's overthrow, more than 46 years ago.

Jerry Rawlings did a good job in taking good advice including that of some

of us in 1992 who argued for privatization of the media. However, like most

things of the PNDC era, he left the job half done because of the powerful

people around him he would later call "greedy bastards".

The report that Nana Akufo Addo was prevented from enjoying the traditional

limelight often accorded dignitaries at funerals seems to cause pain now,

but this is something the NPP deserves for leaving the major newspaper and

media outlet funded by the State! They should take responsibility for it!

The report said:

"Even though Nana Akufo-Addo was part of the NPP delegation which included

his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife, Samira and the NPP

National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the state broadcaster, Ghana

Television failed to capture the main opposition leader when he paid his

last respect to his one-time friend at the University of Ghana, Legon.

According to sources, a member of the NDC communication team allegedly

instructed the GTV crew not to capture Nana Addo" (Daily Guide Aug 10, 2012.

Posted on GLU Forum by Petero).

As in my 1992 article in the Ghanaian Chronicle, I have said and advocated,

and still advocate strongly for the total privatization of all media. Now

that I know even more, I add for the total decentralization of towns and

districts and regions. Any effective President who sincerely cares will task

and push the national educated executives who are drawing $400,000 to

$600,000 per year to use their educated brains to find a formula for sharing

revenue between what the cities and districts collect and let the nation and

people learn and grow! Central government cannot manage every town in Ghana

and should not appoint their leaders. Democracy should start for the ground

floor up. We don't need to stifle growth in towns like my hometown Abetifi

and other rich towns such as Nkwatia, Pepease, Mpraeso, Obo, and more around

the nation. Instead of waiting for central government for water, such towns

should be able to pay property taxes and take care of most of their needs

and share in major infrastructures such as highways, electricity generation

and Communication networks such as Broadband Internet. Any town where

humans live should be able to pay to have common water facilities, schools,

and common services including electricity and Internet network so far as

they can pay for the monthly bills.

Failing that decentralized power, all human beings have a tendency to

use state assets under their control to their benefits and competitive

advantage when nobody is watching or nobody has enough muscle to take the

bone away from their teeth!

I wonder if as a nation, we really lack people with a heart, or the

average people out there who get into politics are simply not smart enough

to do such things as giving one man control to appoint over 4,000 agency

heads, town, metro, district and regional heads! The mistake made in 1992

must be corrected and done now! What arrogance people like Kwamena Ahwoi to

suggest that the people in the districts and towns like my hometown Abetifi

or major towns like Agona Swedru, Nsawan or Nkawkaw are not capable of

electing their own leaders! Can somebody get me the contact email and

telephone for this man. (Please send to me at dansojfk@gmail.com if

anybody has email and contact for Kwamena and Ato Ahwoi).

In conclusion, every party should come to power to serve the people and not

take advantage of state resources for their end. The NPP came to power

based on the social dissatisfaction with the NDC policies and failure in

implementation and accounting for public loans and projects. The NPP also

stayed in power for eight years without delivering the required public

accounting and many were accused of enriching themselves. This incidence

should serve as a lesson for Nana Addo and the NPP, and hope they as well as

all of us as a nation do better. The ugly open gutter they left uncovered

may be the ones they may fall in later. A word to the wise!

Dr. Kwaku A. Danso

President- Ghana Leadership Union (GLU) and Moderator - GLU Forum.

Contact: dansojfk@gmail.com

Columnist: Danso, Kwaku A.