Ghana is a specimen of enchantment! It is a highly alluring destination to tourists and investors all over the globe. This is not because it has an impressive pedigree economically and technologically speaking. No, not in the least. The irresistible magnetic pull from the first independent black nation south of the Sahara is largely attributable to the very stable and peaceful geo-political climate prevailing in the country over the last three decades. The tenacity of the people to hold themselves together in spite of all the odds and glide along with the seemingly providential wave of peace and tranquility makes Ghana a case study in Africa and the next big thing waiting to happen. Without doubt, peace and stability are the most priceless prerequisites for the making of a great nation!
Like it or not, Ghana has become a haven of peace and stability! But are Ghanaians psyched up enough as a people to appreciate this great national asset? How ready are we as a nation to leverage on this priceless asset for a quantum leap? Are we audacious enough to seize the moment and ride on the back of this enabling climate to achieve greatness for our county or are we simply satisfied with being tagged as one of the most stable and peaceful democracies in Africa without the commensurate economic clout?
People of the world, in Ghana, we’ve got it all: we’ve got fresh water bodies like nowhere else on the continent, we’ve got arable land waiting to be cultivated, we’ve got lots of sunshine to turn around our energy crisis in record time, we’ve got pristine beaches and marine resources, we’ve got oil and gas, gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, iron ore, and salt. We’ve got nature reserves and parks, we’ve got beautiful people and a lot more. But above all, we have a great deal of peace! Little wonder therefore that the Asians are coming in droves, and the Americans too. Europeans find Ghana as one of the safest destinations to make good money and experience a good life in the tropics. The Arabs don’t want to be left out either, and the South Africans are simply loving it here. Ghana appears to be the bread basket and playground for many except the citizens themselves. According to the governor of the Bank of Ghana during the Monetary Policy Committee press conference on the 13th of May 2015, Ghana’s total public sector debt stood at 88.2 billion Cedis at the end of March 2015, representing 65.3 percent of GDP, and the numbers are still rising. In May this year, the country’s external debt stood at 53.8 billion Cedis representing 40.4 per cent of GDP. The external debt stock in April was 52.1 billion Cedis, representing 39.1 per cent of GDP. Fortunately, the hope for this country to become an economic powerhouse in Africa is still alive and burning in the hearts of many Ghanaians who choose to remain rather optimistic in the face of very weak national economic fundamentals. Indeed the iron of hope is still red hot, and the Ghanaian must be the first to seize the moment and strike it hard while its redness prevails.
Our nation must ride on the back of the prevailing geo-political stability and rebrand as a haven of peace. Peace and stability must therefore become the most powerful leveraging tool for repositioning our nation in the global village. We need to present our country to the rest of the world as a true haven of peace. This will reverberate in the minds of the global tourist and investor more than anything else we can offer. We must continue to appeal to the first-time visitor to Africa by leveraging on the peace and stability factor in our national rebranding effort. This is however concomitant with a very conscious effort directed at the beautification and modernization of Accra. Government and all stakeholders must see this as a matter of priority. Accra must go green and flowery, Accra must be heavily lighted at night and at the forefront of championing a clean Ghana campaign. Accra must wage war on dust and open drains.
Accra’s coastline from High Street to the Lavender Hill and from Osu to the Beach Road must become the object of a major redevelopment. City coastlines the world over are precious national assets for generating wealth. Unfortunately, ours have become an aberration. This trend must be reversed. The city of Accra can very easily become the pride of West Africa. The entire shoreline of Accra is wailing for redevelopment into an ultra-modern downtown with iconic and monumental structures rivaling the likes of Dubai. Accra should become home to the tallest building in Africa. Accra should have all its roads tarred within a span of 8 years. This agenda must be pursued with all the seriousness it deserves. Never again should we sit in this country and preside over a capital city that has no roads. This is obviously a multibillion Cedi project and we must prioritize and achieve it systematically. We are talking about the capital city of the first black nation south of the Sahara to have attained independence, and for that matter, the mention of Accra should exude beauty and modernity. It is high time we demonstrated to the rest of the world that we have come of age as a true beacon of hope for the African.
Ghana rocks with life! The beautiful diversity of its natural attractions and the rich history and cultural heritage of its people already present visitors with a feel of Africa in miniature. Known for its proverbial hospitality and the extreme liberties of the people, Ghana is obviously a unique destination in Africa that can very easily become the preferred choice for most first time visitors to the continent if we put our acts together and stop the national chicanery. Who will champion this agenda? Who will take up the gauntlet and spearhead this national agenda?