Controversy Over Executive Actions During Transitions

| Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 5:00pm



It is often said that, “Where you sit determines where you stand.” When many people are celebrating the recent victory of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with the now famous “Onaapo,” others were sad and quiet because their Party lost.

No matter how you look at it, Ghana has demonstrated once again that we are a matured democratic country.

All those who made this possible deserve commendation.

In the midst of the euphoria and pain, it is important for us to reflect on the where this nation is going at this time when we are seen as the shining example of Africa and even the world in the area of democratic practice.

On March 6th 2017, Ghana will be 60 years after independence and as usual, the occasion will be marked with pomp and pageantry.

What do we have to show for all those years?

A country that is very rich in human and natural resources has been through too many difficulties to the point that Ghana even became HIPC (Highly Indebted Poor Country) Really?

In fact, Ghana is not poor at all but rather she has been mismanaged and plundered over the years by people with selfish interests.

Our politicians and decision-makers have developed a mindset that that has caused the average Ghanaian great pain over the years.

That mindset has affected every fabric of society and has reflected in some of the greatest challenges the nation has encountered.

The recent headache this nation has experienced was the almost three years of erratic electricity supply (Dumsor).

This power problem that started some decades ago and culminated in the recent erratic power crisis.

Prices of goods and services have gone beyond the pockets of the average Ghanaian.
How can a recent graduate from the University live on GHS349.00 a month? Sad indeed.

Perceived cases of corruption and mismanagement have become the norm and the average citizen is caught in the middle of these. Those who could not take it took to the seas in most cases, trying to reach Europe illegally.

Many have perished at Lampedusa. Many others are struggling all over the world. Why? “Things are too bad at home.

On the 7th of December, many Ghanaians went to vote for a change.

A new Party that has been in Office before (2001-2009), NPP, will take over on the 7th of January.
Now see what is going on.

At a time Ghanaians are thinking of how to put bread on the table and find a place to lay their heads, politicians are involved in unnecessary disputes over decisions that should be taken and when.

Two (2) new Constitutional Appointments made on December 20th 2016 by President John Dramani Mahama has sparked controversy between the two major parties in the country: NPP and NDC.

The appointments of Chairman of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education have been reportedly done contrary to an earlier agreement at the Transition Committee’s meeting of December 19th, at which it was agreed that such appointments would be done subject to consultation with the Presidential Transition Committee.

It is the view of the President-Elect’s team, that these appointments coming barely 24 hours after the agreement and less than three (3) weeks away from the inauguration of the incoming President is most disappointing and exhibits bad faith. Ghana?! “Are we coming or going?”

The current debate on appointments and upward adjustment of allowance for National Service personnel by the President when he told us he was a “dead goat” and nothing could move him to increase or pay money above the budget leaves many wondering if he truly cared about the people or just taking a decision that would affect the incoming government? What has changed?

For a smooth transition, both the old and the new Administrations need to agree on certain measures in order not to throw the country into crisis.

Why does Ghana seem to have difficulties transitioning from one Administration to another?

Why are politicians taking the citizens for granted when it comes to transition from one party to another?

The lack of continuity has caused the State lots of problems, in spite of the Transitional Provisions put in place.

Uncompleted Projects, abrogation of contracts and displaced personnel have set the country back over the years and it is sad that in 2016, the same script is being followed.

Do these politicians care about the citizens? Do they consider the harm they are doing to the tax payer whose sweat-earned Cedis keep them in employment?

We plead with the members of the Transition Team to work for the future of Ghana without any animosities.

They need not make decisions that will cause the new Government to spend time righting the wrongs of the past instead of continuing with what they have been left with.

The average citizen cannot wait any longer for the politician to toy with their lives.

Ghanaians deserve better and must not be made to suffer for the needless decisions of politicians who do not feel what they feel.

By Ruth Abla Adjorlolo