Gov’t of Ghana Sagaciously Spends 3 Million Dollars On June 3 Memorial Service
Earlier this week, it emerged that Ghana Cocobod wisely spent 20,000 dollars on a loan signing ceremony and also spent an extra 8,000 dollars on a domain name which usually goes for not less than 15 dollars. An additional 169,000 dollars was spent on legal fees, in relation to the same loan.
Considering how broke Ghana as country is said to be—to the extent that some teachers and other public sector workers have still not been paid for months, it’s highly magical that we are able to spend so much money on relatively insignificant enterprises.
Of course we cannot forget the huge amount that was spent on the infamous bus-re-branding; we mean, over a million dollar was spent to paint the faces of Ghana’s ex presidents and the current on buses which the people cannot so much afford to even pay to board—in a beauty contest campaign sort of style.
On the back of the government’s high spending track-record, we’ve been told by a grass root member of the opposition party-NPP that the government of Ghana spent as much as 3 million dollars on yesterday’s June 3 victim’s memorial service, which was put together by Smartty Management, the most expensive service providing company in the entire universe and beyond, situated in Accra.
Interestingly, government has so far compensated 108 victims of the June 3 disaster, out of the 150 who died and about the 154 who were injured. And many of the victims have complained they are unemployed—reasonably, they would cherish the government assisting them with jobs, compared to an annual remembrance ritual which adds nothing to their betterment, except create an avenue for political leaders to outdoor their latest funeral wears.
Money comes and go and with Smartty and co still around, we have those who can aid in their appearance.
However, what’s important is; what is government and the people of Ghana really doing to ensure that such a disaster which erupted on the back of the never disappointing Accra floods does not show its ugly face again?