They are some murmurings in town, about the intention of the government, to sell the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
So far, it is only rumours and so we want to treat it as such. Ordinarily, we do not give credence to such baseless and unfounded rumours, but considering the current situation of Load-Shedding, we want to take a bite at the subject.
Ghana, had Independence in 1957, it was among the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to do so, our first President, Dr. kwame Nkrumah, was considered a visionary and his legacy or footprints, both in Ghana and Africa is there to confirm that accolade.
He set in motion a lot of developmental projects, which today, a lot of people, including the late Dr. Ali Mazrui, described him as being ahead of his time .
On the eve of Independence, he declared among other things that the Blackman is capable of managing his own affairs.
57 years after Independence, can we say that we have been able to manage our affairs well?
A lot of the industries that he built and managed profitably, at the time where technology has not advanced and the world was almost a village is today being diversified and that led to their eventual collapse.
If we cannot add to what he left, then at least, we should be able to maintain what we came to meet.
We are witnesses to the non-performance of the ECG, but as can be agreed, ECG only distribute what GRIDCO, gives them after receiving it
from the Volta River Authourity and other power generation plants in the country.
So instead of attacking the symptom which we all know, why not the causal agent, so that the problem can be solved once and for all.
This is like putting the cart before the horse. History is there to guide us in our decision making, especially decisions that will go a
long way to determine the future direction of the country. Not too long ago, Aqua Vitans were brought from South Africa, not to come and fix our perennial water problem, but to rather come and collect money; they made a lot of money, without any significant improvement in the
supply of water.
It is too early to start giving up on ourselves, we are capable of managing our affairs, we don’t need investors to come and do everything
for us, else sooner than later, we might just give the running of the country to a foreigner, since we believe that without them, nothing can be achieved.
People are paid to think and work, if they are not, they should be shown the exit, for new hands and brains to take over. This is the time to give performance contracts to our Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Managing Directors (MDs). The title is for performance and not showmanship.