Since 2007, when our currency was redenominated, the question of how much it cost the tax payer, has not been satisfactorily provided.
Several attempts, have been made by many well-meaning Ghanaians to know exactly how much, the country spent to knock-off four zeros from our currency.
Aside not knowing the cost, a lot of our problems could be traced to that exercise, which has led to the astronomical increases in the prices of goods and services.
The President, John Dramani Mahama, on Tuesday, as part of his greater Accra regional campaign tour, asked the vice-presidential nominee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was the deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), when the exercise took place, to help bring to finality, the issue of the cost.
Typical of the NPP, who are always quick to accuse others and demand accountability from them, Dr. Bawumia, only looked for a scapegoat by pointing
to Ghanaians, a supposed press conference addressed by Dr. Paul Acquah, who was then the governor of the Central Bank.
The question was simple, Dr. Bawumia, if he wanted to be truthful to himself and Ghanaians, could have just told us the amount and even go on to provide further and better particulars, to put this matter to rest once and for all.
He, who seeks equity, must first come with clean hands, Dr. Bawumia, has always anytime he gets the opportunity to describe the government as incompetent and corrupt, this he does without providing any shred of evidence, but purely for propaganda purposes.
The president has decided to take the fight to him and measure him by his own standards and he is seeking cover under some press conference that nobody can authentic or remember.
Twenty years from today and still, Ghanaians be asking the same question, they want to know exactly how much of their money was spent to redenominate the currency, so he can parry as much as he wants, he can continue to evade the question, he will one day answer for it, either willingly or through coercion.
As we say, if persuasion fails, force must be applied.