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OPINION: Why Take $28M Loan To Buy New Cars For MPs When NABCO Employees Haven't Been Paid?

When it comes to the misprioritization of public funds, the Government of Ghana is in a comfortable lead. For instance, when there were no hospital beds, and tools to help provide good healthcare for the ordinary Ghanaian, the government decided to build a Cathedral. Perhaps, as a largely dominated Christian nation, prayers are a better option.

This article is not a direct attack on the government, but a concern of an ordinary citizen who can’t afford a two-square meal a day.

A few hours ago, the minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah disclosed that the parliament has approved a petition to pay the first and second lady of the country 21,000 cedis as a monthly salary.

To add more sore to injury, they have decided to backdate it to 2017. Now this statement didn’t only leave me in shock but completely knocked me off my seat!

Well, that wasn’t enough, the minister of Finance Ofori- Atta who had to fly to another country for “quality” healthcare for some reason has seen the need to take a loan of 28 million dollars to buy new cars for MPs! Shocking right? Sigh!!

If this doesn’t break the camel’s back, nothing else will. What surprises me more is that Ken Ofori Atta couldn’t ask for a loan to improve the health sectors to stop them from flying abroad for medical care. Apparently, having new cars is more important than getting access to quality healthcare.

The Government created a NABCO scheme to help curb the rate of unemployment in the country.

Unfortunately, these employees who earn 699.00 a month haven’t been paid for three months and this has ended a lot of relationships.

How can a man who earns 699.00 pay his rent, buy food, buy clothes, and still have some left to take care of his girlfriend?

You can’t blame the girlfriend for dumping him for someone who can at least give her 100 cedis a week! The system is indeed hard!

Anyway, this is just the tip of the iceberg, the next article tackles another serious concern in Ghana.




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