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Opinions Wed, 20 Feb 2013

NDC is evil,fuel hikes untenable!

It’s completely unthinkable what this government has done. Never in the


history of our modern Ghana has any government so openly insulted the


intelligence of the people who entrusted themselves to her care and


protection, based on her own words, assurances and promises. It is


disgusting, unpardonable and not allowable. The people of Ghana cannot


afford and must not afford this harsh response to the kind considerations


we have given the NDC. The government must be told in the harshest manner


permissible that ‘enough is enough- y’abr3’! The government proves each day


that it is out of touch with the reality. Isolated from the ordinary


Ghanaian and insulated by the flowery lies and empty praises of their


Jezebelic press, as well as sycophants, and those other politically correct


groups, the government gets sicker and sicker each passing day with her


delirious beliefs that she is doing well in serving the people when she is


not! It is no accident that under the last five years the number of


suicides have risen to unprecedented levels with many people taking their


lives due to the frustrations of these immoral bunch of self-seeking


gluttonous unqualified ‘social democrats’, and the signs promise no


reduction in the near future. On the eve of Sunday, a day many people

consider as holy and so respect, at dawn, when many Ghanaians were about to


go to their beds, the only place they find some peace and comfort, this


government acting through the NPA announced hikes in the price of fuel. The


hikes were to range from 15% to 20%.The most annoying part to that ungodly


nightmare the government sent the people of Ghana was contained in the


press release which in part read ‘It can be seen that the government has


maintained some subsidies’.





As he drafted that statement, I believe, Alex Mould, brother to Betty


Mould-Idrissu, the woman whose reign as Attorney-General saw the State loss


almost every single one of the high profile cases she pursued and somewhat


implicated in the Woyome and CP scandals, thought to himself amid a wide


grin, what fools Ghanaians are to believe his gross slur and cheap


propaganda that the government is doing Ghanaians a favour with the hikes


and actually bearing some cost. What is the worse that could have happened?





The government made shy by its own guilt has set her propaganda dogs


free.Of course government propaganda has been set into full gear on this

issue! They have already taken to the air in flight like eagles. Social


media is populated and polluted with their ugly noises and nonsense. They


have gone to absurd lengths to justify the increase but even they admit


that the increases are harsh. Even they admit that the government should


have exercised some sensitivity. Even they know that what any other


government with a minimal degree of sensitivity could have done, if the


conditions really necessitated it, would have been a gradual increment


instead of one large jump up of prices. Even they admit that the worse


affected would be the 30% of Ghana’s population that earn less than $1.25 a


day as well as the 20% that barely make it. They are careful not to admit


though that the hikes wouldn't affect the Ministers and their deputies, as


well as the large number of ineffective like-minded appointees of the


administration because they have privileges that entitles them to free fuel


in particular and free utilities, whenever and at whatever time they so


wish. The vulgarians seem, with their sudden wealth to have forgotten their


past and the people of Ghana who wallow in growing poverty, unemployment


and bear the consequences of a collapsing health care system, an expensive


education system, a highly stratified civil service system (where

ascription not achievement pushes people up) and a police system which


deserves no adjective-whether good or bad. I have heard some argument that


wants to suggest that Ghanaians aren't paying realistic prices for fuel and


for this reason; they have to take some responsibility, hence the increase.


I reject such logic. Such reasoning is low on logic, lesser on intelligence


and absent of any knowledge about government duty. It appears those who


make such arguments, don’t know or rather pretend not to know that this


government in particular is one of the most wasteful governments of all


time. It seems such persons don’t know that had the appointees and staff of


the government done as little as adhere to the financial administration


act, inter alia, the money that could have been saved alone would have been


enough not just to finance the subsidies but make fuel free if we so chose.





Besides Woyome, how many ‘mistake’ payments has the government made and how


far could that amount have taken us in subsidizing the cost of fuel? What


about the $1.2 Million we lose each day due to flaring of gas at the


Jubilee Fields. A situation caused by the petty squabbles in the Ndc as to


who ought to have been given the contract to construct the gas storage

facility. I hear some pathetic beneficiaries of the government suggesting


that it’s about time we de-politicize the discussion on fuel and fuel price


increments. I fail to say the politics in holding a government to task,


when that same government while in opposition promised a plan, a magic plan


that was going to reduce the cost of fuel drastically but failed to do so.


That is no politics. If it were, the daily basis we hold God to His


promises would have made us very political indeed. When a government gets


elected on promises, it is not politics to require of the government that


they live up to their promises. It is unheard of in any jurisdiction that


the government be made to escape its responsibilities because by pushing


that they do perform their responsibilities the opposition would benefit


politically. It is complete nonsense considering the backdrop to say we


shouldn't politicize it .It is politics, both the issue itself and the


solutions. I offer no solutions to the situation other than what I captured


above. The gross wastage in government and the absence of government


priority is what is causing these rather unfortunate and unforgivable hikes


in the price of fuel. We cannot and must not allow the governments own


blunders, greed and folly push us into a pit of high cost and poverty.

Columnist: Hagan, Ebenezer