Should The System Work?

It is intriguing to note that in the 21st Century and with the advancement in education, many young people have had to grapple with studying under makeshift structures, under trees and with no furniture.


In every human dispensation, the implementation of systems is indispensable in the smooth running of all sectors pertaining to growth and development

Thus, nations with good systems are seen to be having more robust economies and with meteoric growth rates.

Sadly, the opposite could be said for many other countries, as the fiber that holds them together continually wears away due to failed systems that benefit but a chosen few.

It is intriguing to note that in the 21st Century and with the advancement in education, many young people have had to grapple with studying under makeshift structures, under trees and with no furniture.

Most appalling is the fact that, inapt materials are used to train these young minds to understand concepts that could be made simpler with advanced technologies.

The result, therefore is having many young people possessing abilities marred with mediocrity. If this is not system failure, then I beg to differ.

The culture of this dear nation is unique and remains that contributory factor to growth and development.

Unarguably, our environment and immediate surroundings may have suffered less destruction because of certain cultural values that stood tall before our birth.

It is however appalling to note that, gradually these values are being dashed away and replaced with laissez- faire attitudes to our own detriment.

The careless disposal of solid waste, dotted along every section of the capital and the constant pollution of water bodies, reveals a lot about our systems and the neglect of the ancient ones.

The continuous felling of trees, destruction of lands and pollution of water sources with heavy metals, portrays that our current systems may have failed us to a larger extent. Korle Lagoon has a story to tell and River Pra may not be different.

What else are we to expect?

The health sector of this dear nation, is clearly not left out from this topical issue as system failure could be seen glaring from the point of overburdened staff to inadequate tools and in some instances, working under improvised environments.

Honestly, a lot has been achieved over the years in this sector but much more needs to be done.

Until the doctor-to-patient ratio is at an appreciable level, maternal mortality becomes a thing of the past and healthcare delivery is readily available at any point in the nation, our existing achievements may not be appreciated.

Roads are very important as they aid in the transportation of goods and services.

Many food produce from farms nearby and far, are carted through our roads till they get to marketplaces and finally to the homes of consumers.

May I begin to speak about the nature of roads in this country and I may need to sum up my comment in one sentence; Citizens deserve better.

Department of Urban Roads, Feeder Roads and Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ghanaians are looking up to you to create the needed change.

The huge potholes along almost every stretch of our roads and the dust from roads that may have never had a feel of coal tar affects livelihoods immensely beyond quantification.

Dear Nationals, while we look up to Government for the needed change in our roads, may we also develop the rightful attitudes on our roads and observe every single road traffic regulation.

May I state emphatically that footbridges are not meant to display wares to sell but one designed solely for pedestrians, outer lanes of roads are not bus stops or waiting areas and pavements are not designated trading areas.
The one who deserves better needs to do the right things.

Should the system work, I perceive a nation whose citizens and leaders are equally held accountable to their responsibilities and actions. One whose potentials are endless and achievements remarkable.

A Ghana full of the change we envisage with development spread across to its citizens in the urban and rural areas.

Ready, set, systems must work.

The writer, Maame Buabeng Lamptey is a student of the University of Ghana.

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