Thursday, 18 April

Ghana’s problem is leadership: Dubai has only oil; we’re so blessed yet children learn under trees – Martha Ankomah

Martha Ankomah

Ghana and the rest of Africa have a leadership problem, actress Martha Ankomah has observed.

She is at a loss as to how Ghana, for instance, which is so blessed with natural resources, could still have children attending under-tree schools.

It is perplexing, she told Nana Romeo on Accra100.5FM’s mid-morning show Ayekoo Ayekoo on Thursday, 9 December 2021.

“Africa’s problem is actually leadership; not just politicians in Ghana”, she pointed out.

“Let me use Dubai as an example – again: All Dubai has is oil, which has been used to develop that city”, she noted.

Ghana, on the other hand, she contrasted, “has been blessed so much by God with virtually every natural resource including even oil”, yet the country has nothing to show for it.

“It’s very worrying when you think about it”, she bemoaned, adding: “I don’t even think the West should give any African country financial assistance”.

She emphasised that unlike Ghana, “all Dubai has is oil; they don’t have timber, they don’t have cocoa; they don’t even plant mangoes”.

She, thus, said “it is such a pity” that even though Ghana has a good agricultural climate in which virtually every crop thrives, there still were times that farm produce ran scarce.

“God has blessed us with virtually everything but our problem is leadership”, she stressed.

In her view, “if the leaders would use wisdom and love to change the country, things will be OK” instead of them driving V8s and gifting chicken, goats and bicycles to the electorate during polls “while schoolchildren sit under trees to learn”.

She urged the political leadership to strive to leave a mark and a good legacy when they get the chance to serve.