An initiative in support of and an advocacy for the realization of real value of human capital in Ghana. The need for an efficient and balanced skilled people equipped to perform all manner of craftmanships for the Development of Ghana - Rueckkehrer Wissenschaftler.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Ghana's OIL will not make any difference
... if there is no love and empathy.
I continue to struggle with being optimistic about this OIL and my reasons are simple. I see in many people in Ghana the lack of desire and ability to develop. Here, it is accepted that everything perfect has to come from Europe, Japan and America. There is frustration everywhere, common decency is so hard to come by, you have to go through hell to do simple things like getting your name spelt right by student record officers and they will even insist that you travel from where ever you are to come and wait in their office. The list is endless, so how can I believe the oil will do anything different??
The people need to know the value of empathy, making life easier for their fellow human beings so that all the money will not be stolen and locked up in Swiss Banks. The whole country looks like a slam, only small areas of Accra appear slightly dignified for a Country of 53 years of self-rule. And we have been exporting gold and diamonds all these 53 years. Only love and empathy filled people can make a difference for Ghana's development and then and only then maybe the OIL will grease their elbows in pushing this country forward.
People of Ghana have to first believe and respect the power of knowledge and skills and get our young people to appreciate that, so when there is another resource to be exploited in the future our children will have the dignity of building their own FPSO and send their own drilling robots. The people of Singapore and Texas-USA are humans just like us but they have skills that have been honed for generations and advanced in their life time to be able to come over here and do all that it takes for the OIL to pour out of the belt of the ocean. Our only contribution to this OIL industry is Drumming and Dancing and composing the Jubilee OIL song.
hmmm, Ghana our motherland, land of rich resources but where is the knowledge and skill to make use of these resources to better our lives? Our children must do better.
Patrick Kobina Arthur (PhD),