Ghana's OIL will not make any difference!

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 Source: Arthur, Patrick Kobina

... if there is no love and empathy.

I continue to struggle with being optimistic about this OIL and my reasons

are simple. I see in many people in Ghana the lack of desire and ability to

develop. Here, it is accepted that everything perfect has to come from

Europe, Japan and America. There is frustration everywhere, common decency

is so hard to come by, you have to go through hell to do simple things like

getting your name spelt right by student record officers and they will even

insist that you travel from where ever you are to come and wait in their

office. The list is endless, so how can I believe the oil will do anything


The people need to know the value of empathy, making life easier for their

fellow human beings so that all the money will not be stolen and locked up

in Swiss Banks. The whole country looks like a slam, only small areas of

Accra appear slightly dignified for a Country of 53 years of self-rule. And

we have been exporting gold and diamonds all these 53 years. Only love and

empathy filled people can make a difference for Ghana's development and then

and only then maybe the OIL will grease their elbows in pushing this country


People of Ghana have to first believe and respect the power of knowledge and

skills and get our young people to appreciate that, so when there is another

resource to be exploited in the future our children will have the dignity of

building their own FPSO and send their own drilling robots. The people of

Singapore and Texas-USA are humans just like us but they have skills that

have been honed for generations and advanced in their life time to be able

to come over here and do all that it takes for the OIL to pour out of the

belt of the ocean. Our only contribution to this OIL industry is Drumming

and Dancing and composing the Jubilee OIL song.

hmmm, Ghana our motherland, land of rich resources but where is the

knowledge and skill to make use

of these resources to better our lives? Our children must do better.


Patrick Kobina Arthur (PhD),



Columnist: Arthur, Patrick Kobina