There has been an over politicization of our country’s democracy to the detriment of nation building and national interest. Our policy making and management space has been marred by partisan politics in a manner that continues to weaken institutions of the state.
Public and civil servant technical views have become moderated by the political whims to serve in a given period other than objective policy analysis and action. The pursuit of justice and enforcement of laws are more defined by the political colouration of persons involved. It is therefore no surprise that a change in government easily changes the attitude of public servants who form the permanent government.
The appropriateness or legitimacy of a policy criticism is determined more by the political colouration of an advocate than the reason in each argument. It is therefore common to note that irrespective of the soundness of the ruling political party’s view on a course of action, the opposition finds nothing worthy in it, whereas no matter how constructive the criticism of the opposition is, the ruling party would find no good in it.
Public and civil service appointments and recruitments have become less meritocratic and more partisan. This continues to create a dangerous culture for the human resource of our country and the youth in particular. It is counterproductive for the youth to believe more in partisan politics other than meritocratic work for their socio-economic advancement. When policy is rather partisan and not in the pursuit of national development, it holds us back.
At OneGhana we believe that national interest should not be sacrificed for partisan interest. We are one country, one people with one destiny hence the good of the country must remain supreme to any parochial partisan interest. This consciousness we will seek and empower the citizenry to seek from politicians and other policy makers.