The last apron string attaching us to our colonial masters was severed when we attained republican status on July 1, 1960.
Three years or so after the landmark independence of a sub-Saharan British colony, the newly-independent Ghana acquired another feather, a republican status whose meaning some of us did not understand adequately at the time.
TheÂ ceremony accompanying the new status was enough source of merriment for Ghanaians still relishing the pecks of independence. That was all.
Acquiring the new status indicated that we, as an independent nation, could draw our own constitution, initiate policies and execute same whatsoever without recourse to Britain which governed us until March 6, 1957.
Call the new status total independence from the colonial master, and you have not erred. Marking the 53 rd anniversary of the republican status is a joyous moment but taking stock of how far we have come vis-a-vis challenges and achievements, if any, would enable us to chart new paths with new resolutions to do better.
There are no two ways about the fact that given what the first President sought to achieve for his country he would be disappointed to learn about the failures characterizing the Ghana project, given the speed with which he set out to achieve the lofty ideals he had in mind for his beloved country.
We think that our republican status, with the progression of Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah’s designation to that of President, would be worthless in as much as his ideals of relegating poverty to the back burners continues to elude us.
With the power to initiate policy and seek funds to implement projects at a time when capital was not a challenge for the newly independent Ghana, it is unacceptable that we are still at the threshold of development almost stuck there.
Infrastructure, which should have been in place long before, still suffers neglect remaining a handy subject for politicians to bait the electorate during elections.
Politicians still linger under the umbrella of meanness, abandoning projects initiated by their predecessors in total contradiction with the directive principle of state policy.
CorruptionÂ and graft continue to taunt us as we pretend to be committed to rooting it out of the body-politic.
Education, a cornerstone of development, is virtually out of the reach of the poor against the backdrop of the myriad infrastructure the first President initiated to push us forward.
Unemployment is now a feature of the country’s economy and this reality fuels the question as to what has gone amiss.
Political leadership is still a challenge in all aspects of governance, as politicians at the helm unfurl sophisticated chicanery on citizens. No wonder government departments continue to exhibit many instances of mediocrity and substandard performances much to the disappointment of the governed.
It is our hope that subsequent Republic Day celebrations would see us commenting differently about inroads in development and sincerity in governance. But shall we?
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