Dear His Excellency Dr Mahammadu Bawumia and Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo,
Your words during campaign were so refreshing to the minds and souls of Ghanaians who were yearning for concrete policies to promote entrepreneurship and also protect our local manufacturers. His Excellency, you told us, “government was ready to create an enabling environment through pragmatic policies that would give equal opportunities to all Ghanaians in deployment and commercialisation of exponential technologies,” GNA, 2017. We still remember when the Ministry of Trade and Industry said the government will launch a campaign to “ensure that a 60% behavioural change among Ghanaians towards made-in-Ghana goods and services and, thereby, increase patronage and reduce dependence on imported goods and services among Ghanaians by the end of the year.”
Insultingly, it did not take the government of Ghana more than a year to publicly tell Ghanaians that they are not believers in their own patronise made-in-Ghana goods sermon. “On Tuesday, 27th March, 2018, on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, I handed over Sixty-Two (62) vehicles…to the National Identification Authority at the forecourt of the State House, Accra, “ Dr Mahammadu Bawumia, 2018. These vehicles were Nissan Hardbody pickups (2018 models). I still do not understand why an Economist of your pedigree and Minister of Procurement with a strong Pan-African blood such as Lawyer Sarah Adwoa Safo will entirely neglect Kantanka Automobile Company and opt for foreign company (Nissan)?
The disheartening aspect of the story is that these Nissan pickups have similar specifications
as Kantanka Omama(Ordinary). Even if Kantanka Automobile could not meet the
demand capacity, I believe the company could have provided at least 20 pickups.
Or did you just tell us what we wanted to hear, in order to vote for you to come to
power, and spit in our faces?
Apart from Ghana and Africa, no western government official will choose exotic cars over their locally manufactured cars. In 1940, the American government gave Ford Motor Company a contract worth $23,000,000 to manufacture 4,236 aircraft engines for World War 2. The interesting side of the story is that Ford Company was not even a manufacturer of aviation parts – the company was solely into automobile production. Today, if USA can give Ghana just $20 million to establish autonomous military base here, it is because the American government supported and invested in local manufacturers sometime in the past.
His Excellency and Honourable Minister of Procurement, do you think we could have been beneficiary of UKAID, USAID and all the other Aids if these countries did not patronise their local companies? Do you now understand why Donald Trump said African countries should be recolonised? Some of the decisions African politicians like yourselves take do favour western countries than your own countries. You must prove to Ghanaians that P.W. Botha was wrong when he said Africans cannot rule ourselves.
Japan is the world’s 3rd largest automobile manufacturer and exporter. The first Japanese automobile was manufactured by Komanosuke Uchiyama in 1902. In 1930, as Japanese automobile manufacturers were producing 500 units a year, American companies in Japan were manufacturing 20,000 units per year. Japanese government stepped in and passed the Automobile Manufacturing Industries Act in 1936 to eliminate the American car monopoly in Japan. I do not want to bother you with Chinese, Korean, Malaysian and Indian automobile policies. Ghanaians want to believe that we voted for people who told us to be citizens not spectators – we voted for people who told us to help them make Ghana a better place.
John P. Kotter said, “we know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.” Kindly act as government by the people and for the people. Else, I would like to conclude by saying that the thumbs that voted for you in 2016, still remain the thumbs that will vote again in 2020.
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