I have always wondered how it was that many of the things we have around here are imported. Why are there no manufacturing plants and factories even though we have so many raw materials. What are we doing to add value to these raw materials.
When you really look at it carefully, having manufacturing plants and factories is so much of a win for us. First it will take care of employment to a large extent. Again we will go to the world market confident that what we have to offer has value.
Maybe I am too young to know a lot of things but I have heard and I have seen the things the pioneers and founding fathers of Ghana sought to do with regards to value.
I recently went on a trip to the local town of axim to gather information for my research and to tour around. What I saw was something I never expected.
As my tour guide and friend sent me around, he showed me various buildings that had been left to rot. Buildings with so much history and strength.
Bamboo factory now a church
What amazed me the most was the realization that a bamboo factory which was built by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for the production of furniture during his time had been turned into a seventh day Adventist church.
I was shcoked. What happened, why wasn’t it maintained, how did it end up as a church? I had so much questions .
And that led me to a very sad realisation. Ghana’s biggest problem is not poverty or unemployment. Its bad governance and poor maintenance culture.
The very act that people come into government and neglect previous projects because it wasn’t started by them did not start today. And the fact that after more than 60 years, this act is still prevalent in governance shows that Ghana still has a long way to go.
I asked my tour guide so many questions . He tried his best to answer them. Among other things were various apartments built for workers of the factory. From where I sit Ghana was headed in a very good direction.
What happened? I am but a child, there is still so much gap holes i need to fill to broaden my understanding . But I believe we need to have these discussions in order to progress. What happened and what can we do better moving forward?
This discussion needs to be had by everybody and not only people in governance. A factory turned into a church?
Images of the Bamboo factory
Apartments built for workers of the Bamboo factory
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