Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Looking back, could they have been too hasty?

* Increasing oil prices appear to adversely affect the global economy.
* World cocoa price steadily increased in the late '60s and significantly in the mid 70's.
* The price of gold rose steadily in most of the '70s, intensely peaking in 1980.

* Since Ghana's Independence, we have had coup d'etats in 1966, 1972, 1978, 1979 & 1981.

With the timelines noted above, is it possible that
1.The leaders were judged & removed too quickly each time for not being able to develop the nation in times when there were global meltdowns?
2. The Heads of State that came into power had no clue what they were getting into & for years, never figured out what to do in terms of developing a nation?
3. External factors with not-so-noble interests in Ghana's natural wealth, got a few puppets to de-stabilize the ruling governments in challenging times?

For me, any of one of these 3 is bad enough. Too bad only 1 of our leaders from the 60's & 70's  is alive to shed light on what really was going on at that time. (1 out of 6 is not exactly statistically reliable)
Maybe we should require certain credentials of aspiring presidents. e.g. at the least, bachelors degree in  finance, international relations, business law?

If you read this and get the chance to become President or Head of State of Ghana, please take us on a better path.
Kids, stay in school.

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting how we have all the greatest natural resources in the world but still...