5 things I can do with the value of the new MacBook Pro in Ghana

The new Apple MacBook Pro is going for a $2199 starting price. As someone who once read economics at both first and second years in the university, I decided to just list a few of the innumerable things I can do with that money in Ghana here, assuming an exchange rate of Gh¢1.9 to the Dollar. Here’s a shortlist of 5 of those:

1. Pay for 2 of the 4 years of university education at Ghana’s Institute of Professional Studies in Legon. The tuition there goes for approximately $789.47/year. I could have some change to pay for about 70% of the third year’s as well.

2. Buy a plot of land for development. A 70 X 100ft parcel of land goes for roughly Gh¢4100 or $2157.

3. Buy 4 of these locally made desktop computers and donate them to these kids. Who knows how far that can go into shaping their IT future. I would also be helping grow a local computer assembling company, helping increase employment. 

4. Buy this  laptop with roughly the same specs and be able to upgrade the hardware as and when I want, with change leftover for other things. 

5. At a current rate of 20% for the 91 day government of Ghana treasury bills, I could make a quick $440 in 3 months. 

This is in no a slight or anything whatsoever on those who have the money and are willing to spend the fortune on the shiny new MacBook Pro. No. It’s just me thinking out aloud, day dreaming about how my life could be transformed in not so an insignificant way if I get the value of the MBP in my hands. 


My compatriot on Google Plus, Kwabena Brenya passed a comment that I believe deserves a place in this post. So we now have 6 instead of 5. He wrote:

You left out the most important thing $2200 can do in Ghana:
Feed a kid in an orphanage with 3 square daily meals for a whole year! 

Ghana- Of voter registration and wasted computer science graduates

It’s the year 2012 and Ghana is gearing up for her presidential and parliamentary elections slated for Dec 7, 2012. As has always been the custom, the voters’ register is revised to take out the names of the dead, add the names of those who turned 18 within the 4 year period from the last elections, and also those who for one reason or the other could not register are given the chance to do so.

This year, the Electoral Commission of Ghana in agreement with all the political parties, has decided to usher in the era of so called biometric voter registration, a move aimed at curbing the incidence of minors who register, double registration and voting among others. This on the surface it’s a laudable idea, but- and there’s always a but- upon reflection, one cannot help but notice how the entire exercise makes the thousands of computer science students that the nations universities produce each year irrelevant.

How so do I mean? Four years ago the National Identification Authority started what was a nationwide exercise to register every person living in this country for a so called Ghana Card. The one card to rule them all, in LotR speak. One of the main objectives of this exercise was for the data collated to form the basis for a voters’ register since the Ghana Card was going to be biometric. Millions of Dollars was spent in carrying out this exercise. 

Fast forward four years and the biometric voter registration kicked off this morning, with the goal of- guess – registering voters to be issued a biometric voter registration card. I’ve been asking the simple question of what happened to the NIA Ghana Cards? What has happened to the data that was collected? The NIA exercise was very comprehensive. Why can’t we just use that instead of spending another US$125M in conducting this exercise? If I can use the voter registration card both for voting and as a national ID, then of what use is the Ghana Card then? 

Is it that we don’t have the brains to be able to write a bunch of if-else statements to sort the data collected? What is needed for a voter register? Every data set needed to make up a voter register was collected during the NIA exercise. The same data is going to be collected again, at the expense of time, energy, money and at a considerable disruption of both work and school activities. If we have to keep duplicating duties and wasting hard cash doing so, then what becomes the use of the thousands of CS students graduating each year? Is data sorting, collating and arranging so difficult that the cost of starting from scratch is better than building on what is already available? 

We live in a country where we keep hearing the rhetorics of how we’re moving forward and becoming the beacon of ICT in the Sub-Sahara region, yet almost every public act belies this. A causal walk into any IRS office will testify to this. If the politicians won’t let the young, fresh CS brains they train help cut down costs, then I really don’t see why they should complain about brain drain and how graduates keep leaving the country en masse. 

To Ghana’s Minister of Education- Can we please Open Source the CSSPS?

Hello Madam Betty, this mail is being written to you on an OS called Xubuntu, it’s open source and developed by people from all walks of life. The underlying skeleton, or code as it’s called, is open for anybody’s inspection. Anybody who thinks there’s something wrong with it can have a look at the code and if need be, suggest changes that will better the OS for all who use it.

You may be asking why this long preamble? Well because as a youth of this dear country of ours, I always get headaches, heartaches, fever, high blood pressure among others anytime the senior high school placement- you know, that piece of algorithm that supposedly auto selects which school to place every junior high school student- system kicks in every year. To the best of my understanding Madam, that system was put in place to curb the annual frustrations that hard working, tax paying parents of this country go through every year in getting their wards placed in high schools.

That old system we were told- and we agree- was fraught with irregularities, corruption among others thus the need for a computerized system that does all the placements automatically, without any human intervention. Wow, that was an awesome idea for a country that still is technophobe at the government level. Until the computerized system became worse than the old system. You’re a witness to it Madam, year in year out, parents keep going through untold agonies because the so called computerized system that we were told could not be comprised, is not doing what it was intended to. Far from it. 

We, and by we, I mean myself and like minded youth like me, don’t have any evidence to suggest the computerized selection and school placement system has been compromised. However, what we are humbly demanding as a matter of urgency and desperation is for the system, the entire piece of software that makes up the CSSPS be open sourced. We want the government of the Republic of Ghana to make the code of the CSSPS available as an open source project for anybody to be a watchdog over it. 

We want to be able to see what the code looks like, keep an eye on it so no single entity has complete control over it. We don’t know who the government did contract to write that software, but as tax payers, and as a democratic country that prides itself on the tenets of transparency, we the youth of this country want to be vanguards of the code that has been the cause of so much controversy in our educational system for sometime now. 

You may be wondering what’s there to gain by open sourcing the code right? Well for starters the government won’t need to spend hard cash in paying whoever it contracted to write that code. Me, him, they, us and everybody around the globe can be a maintainer of that code once it goes open source. We save money which can be used elsewhere. Secondly all doubts will be cleared and trust restored in the system. You know for sure parents have lost trust in the entire selection and placement process. They strongly believe the system is corrupted. And what’s there to stop them from believing that when only a select few know what the code is like and have access to it?

Third, we can be a model for other African countries when we open source the code. They can look at it,  adapt it to their needs and then on we move as Africa. To give you an example of what open source can do, take a look at that massive, 800lbs gorilla called Google. Yea. That company whose annual revenues is almost equal to our GDP runs on open source. It’s a central, necessary part of that company. It’s Android OS is a prime example of the power of making code available to all and sundry.

I could go on and on about the benefits of open sourcing the CSSPS. But I know you’re hard pressed for time so I’m just going to end here. Just a recap Madam, we’re asking that the gov takes the CSSPS project and make it available as open source so the entire nation can be vanguards of the process and we assure you that the entire hiccups that have become a necessary annual ritual and characteristic of this school selection and placement exercise will be a thing of the past in no time. 

This is my first mail to you Madam, but you can bet it won’t be last. We’re waiting to hear from you. 

This Week in Africa- Interesting African Headlines You May Have Missed

Another week has ended and it’s time to bring you a roundup of some interesting headlines from Africa. Here goes

We Need to Stop Google’s Exploitation of Open Communities
Mikel Maron writes about Google’s seemingly disregard for community projects that it uses without proper credit to them. He writes

What bothers me so much is how they have blatantly copied OpenStreetMap. First their MapMaker product is directly modelled on OSM, but with a restrictive data license, where you can not use the data as you see fit. Second, they have stolen the idea of Mapping Parties, a unique concept and name we developed. Third, they’re even copying initiatives to map impoverished informal settlements, like Map Kibera.

Google Appoints Female Country Manager for Nigeria
MacJordan reports on Google’s appointment of a female as country director for Nigeria. He writes

Google Nigeria recently appointed Ms. Juliet Ehimuan, the former General Manager of  Strategic Business Units at Chams Plc as its Country Manager for Nigeria.

The 20 Most Powerful People In African Business
Over on the Forbes blogs, Mfonobong writes lists the twenty most influential African business personalities. He writes

However, a new league of African businessmen is emerging. They are bold and fearlessly ambitious, building pan-African companies with regional and even global presences. They are influencers and change-makers. Their voices are never ignored within Africa’s business and political circles, and through their resolutions and actions, they shape the economic future of the continent.

Nigeria’s Jonathan takes big poll lead
Aljazeera reports that Nigeria’s incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan has taken the lead in the presidential election that was held yesterday.

Early results on Sunday showed Jonathan had done well in much of the predominantly Christian south, including areas such as the most populous city of Lagos, where the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had struggled in a parliamentary election a week ago.

Re; Why Getting Ghana Wrong IS a Problem
Yours truly was involved in an argument with some of his compatriots started by a CNN article which talked about the increasing menace of internet fraud in Ghana.

Then again Graham and Graham, I Luqman Saeed, don’t just see myself as a Ghanaian youth competing against my compatriots. NO! I see myself as a global citizen who is in competition with my contemporaries from across the world. And so I would not expect my American contemporary to be able to dazzle me in anyway whatsoever because I already am in competition with him and always try to be at par in terms of knowledge, use of technology and all that. IMHO, that is how we can get to market Africa to the world.

Bill Gates Pays Millions to AllAfrica (“Largest Electronic Distributor of African News and Information Worldwide”) to Push His Agenda
This is quite old but I had to fetch it to tell my point across to a friend on Twitter about who Gates really is and what he’s doing on this continent.

On previous occasions about a year ago we also showed that Bill Gates had paid a lot of money for African journalists to cover his work the way he likes it. The veil of “training” was used and James Love mentioned this rather recently, in a very comprehensive summary of his.
We are saddened to find that Mr. Gates just cannot let journalists do their work independently. Using his tax-exempt bank account (Gates Foundation) he targets a very major channel of communication in Africa.

That’s all for this week. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

This Week In Africa- Interesting African Tech Headlines You May Have Missed

This Week in Africa is a new segment that we’re introducing onto this blog. It’s going to be a weekly roundup of tech related headline news with a focus on Africa and Africans. Without much ado, here goes today’s piece…
Ben Cole of Google takes a look at how technology impacts the lives of everyday Africans, the type that have barely head of what the internet is. He writes

…[I] had helped them establish web presences for their businesses, sign up for email accounts and get a taste for what the Internet could do for them. The work was immediately gratifying; I got to see the exhilaration in each person’s eyes as they saw their company on the Internet. But after months of plugging away and wondering what the outcome would be, I had a bit of an existential crisis. What was the real impact? Was any of this doing any good?

Mfonobong Nsehe writes on the Forbes blog about why it’ll be very difficult for a global scale technology company to come from Africa. He opines

Africans can create hugely successful tech products that will sweep the world off its feet. There are several entrepreneurs out there waiting to break through, but their ideas might never see the light of day because of a lack of seed finance.

Gameli Adjaho writes on the Gamelian world about South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometer Project. He reports

If everything goes according to plan, the landscape of the Karoo region in the Republic of South Africa will be transformed by 2025 into a beehive of intense scientific activity, bringing Africa into reckoning as a major centre of astronomy, the science of the stars. This exciting prospect has arisen because of South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Google launched the Student Ambassador Program in Ghana and Nigeria during the week with the aim of “empower[ing] the African academic community with knowledge, infrastructure and tools to help Africa’s future leaders make the most of access to information.” Unfortunately my school was not part of those chosen in Ghana :-(.
Dale takes a look on the Ushahidi blog at the role being played by the platform in the uprising in North Africa. He writes

The Libya Crisis Map was very different than other mapping efforts. One, they didn’t need to train volunteers like in Haiti, the Stand-By Task Force was simply mobilized. Two, a number of customizable features like the Big Map were simply enabled via the Ushahidi Plugin. Three, Haiti response was an actual Ushahidi team effort, but this was United Nations initiative that called upon the Stand-By Task Force. 

Ghana’s never-seem-to-roll 6th telecom operator, Glo Mobile, has launched its fiber-optic submarine cable in Ghana promising to revolutionize how we communicate. 

If fully optimized by every sector of the society, the Glo 1 submarine cable has the infinite capacity to trigger an unprecedented social and economic revolution not only in the telecommunication sector but also in the agricultural, transportation, medical, hospitality, tourism and educational sectors.

That’s it for this week. Hope you enjoy reading those stories as much as I did. If you have any stories you’d want to be highlighted, you can drop them in the comments on send them to me on Twitter to be highlighted in next week’s piece. 

Nokia and JA – Helping Connect Young Entrepreneurs in Ghana

Norwegian Students Visit Ghana to Sign Partnership Deal with Ghanaian Counterparts

An initiative by a not-for-profit organization JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT and NOKIA to encourage the youth in Ghanaian secondary schools (high schools) develop interest in entrepreneurship seems to be yielding fruits. Known as the Enterprise without Borders (EwB), the initiative aims at helping to build entrepreneurial partnership between schools in Africa, Middle East, Europe and the United States of America. Under the initiative, student enterprises are set up, and they engage in cross-border businesses via the internet.

One of such student enterprises, Half and Half Trade at Lambertseter Secondary School in Oslo, Norway are in Ghana to among other things, sign a joint venture agreement with a Ghanaian student enterprise GIANT LINK. They will also participate in diverse cultural activities. Giving further detail about the EwB initiative, the Executive Director of JA, Jefferson Agbai explained that the cross border international partnerships are facilitated through the Enterprise without Borders (EwB) portal. 

Teachers and students register for participation and students upload their company profiles and enter an entrepreneurial dating game. Mr. Agbai said the EwB is about students sharing good ideas, selling each other’s products in each others’ markets and visiting their markets. The portal operates as a web-shop. The products and services of the companies registered can all be viewed there.

On his part, the Head of Communications for Nokia West Africa, Osagie Ogunbor said Nokia is proud to be associated with the EwB initiative, which essentially promotes innovation and creativity among youths. He said the values being promoted among the youths through the Enterprise without Borders are in sync with Nokia values.

The EwB, which began in Ghana in 2009, has reached over 200 students across the five regions of Ghana. The coordinator of EwB in Ghana Kwabena Kugblenu disclosed that 14 student enterprises were created in the 2009/2010 academic session. He said Junior Achievement has concluded plans to get more students involved in the Enterprise without Borders initiative. He thanked Nokia for the sponsorship, which he said has helped a great deal in sustaining the programme.

About Junior Achievement® (JA) 

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 137 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional five million students served by operations in 123 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit JA

Ghana- Of Port Corruption and the Use of Technology

There’s a lot of talk in Ghana about the latest release by the nation’s most famous underground investigative reporter about massive corruption at the state port in Tema. Personally, I am not so much interested in the story as I am about why we allow such things to happen easily in this day and age.
A cursory look at procedures at the harbor, and indeed in almost all spheres of our public institutions, one thing that stands out is how lagging behind we are in terms of automation. Shuffling papers about, moving from office to office, signature after signature, all means one thing- more human involvement. 
Having more human involvement in any institution simply opens up room for abuse of office. If you need me to sign something, and without my signature, you cannot proceed to the next step, then you are at my mercy and will be ready to do anything I tell you to. What bugs me really, is that if the many needless paper shuffling and signatures are all meant to authenticate transactions, can’t computers through automation do better than humans?
I cannot honestly understand why the government, and for that matter, most African governments, don’t just make full use of technology. This abhorring act of plain theft at the Tema Harbor is just one of the many, many unreported cases of thievery going on in this country. And all this can be reduced to the barest minimum if only our government will be willing to move to the 21st century. 
Of course I am not naive to think that our corruption ridden society will heal overnight, no. What I firmly believe in is that when the necessary foundations for fighting corruption are laid, that in itself will surely act as a detterent in one way or the other. We cannot just be losing over $200m US in revenues through tax evasion and then turn around and sing the praises of some really initiatives by the West in the name of taking us out of poverty. 
Instead of the nation bickering about how bad those people there are milking the nation dry, I’d like to hear an honest, intellectual discussion about how to prevent a few insatiably greedy people from milking the remaining 25m of us dry. Let us think of how we can use technology to better our lives and fight corruption. The age of “man-power” should be over, let the time of automation be now.

Live Blogging From the 2010 edition of Barcamp Accra

Today the 2 Oct is the day for the Accra edition of Barcamp. I am going to be keeping the world updated with what is happening at the event being held at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology here in Accra.
Panel Members: Derydean Dadzie(DreamOval), Esi Cleland(Afrochic), Esi Ansah(Axis Human Capital) and Sika Acolatse(Enablis) introducing themselves.
Derydean Dadzie, a product of Ashesi University College and now CEO of  DreamOval talks about how he got to start his niche software development company.
“I started to have the idea to run my own business way back in class two when I was selling ‘meat pie’ for my mom.”
Esi Cleland of Afrochic talks about how she started her clothing design business.
“It started off for me when I went to Woodin and could hardly find what I really wanted . That is where I got the idea that something was amiss. Our dream was to become H&M but way cooler.”
Don’t get fixated on a business plan, or better still, just do!
Current discussion is centered around raising funds for your dreams.
Esi Cleland: “Funds for Afrochic came from our own sources.”
Forget about extravagance, a fixation with luxury offices and expensive edifices. Always go the simple and affordable way
Some challenges faced during starting businesses include the cost of power, internet service and loyal employees.
Treat customers like partners in your business. They your future.
First session break. Acknowledging sponsors
Google, Busyinternet, SkyDigital
Session on break with  socialization taking place. I can see some Google Africa reps here. I hope to speak to them later.
Second panel discussion about to start. MC duties now taken over by Estelle Sowah of Google Ghana.
Theme of second discussion is Overcoming your wealth creation challenges

Starting a business is very challenging, especially in our context as Ghanaians and Africans. However, having a plan really helps.Financing is one of the biggest hurdles to starting businesses.

To attract investment into your business, you must be wiling to invest in it yourself. Look out for angel investors and venture capitalists. Brand yourself to position yourself to attracting investors into your business. Sika Acolatse

There is no better advice to starting your own business than  listening to yourself.

Current discussion is centered around registering a business with the registrar  general’s department. 

Advertising is a critical piece in the success of any business. You should consider cost effective ad methods like adwords or other PPC based advertising to get your business onto the international scale. Eve Andersen, a Googler based in Argentina who is also here with us.

A new payment method for Google Adsense publishers in Ghana coming up soon. In the meantime, Intercontinental Bank Ghana Ltd is the fastest way to clear Google Adsense checks. Estelle Sowah

Yoofi Grant of Databank Ghana gets onto the panel table. Apologizing for coming late.

Yoofi talks about the concept of wealth creation.

Thanks to the colonial mindset, wealth creation has never been engraved in our subconscious. Ideas are cheap, applying them are difficult.

Know yourself well and know what you are capable of doing. Do not be a square peg in a round hole.

Don’t just start anything, try to do better than the next guy sitting by you. Be passionate about your ideas and don’t fear to share your ideas with people you can trust.

Don’t expect to be spoon fed. You would have to do the hard work.

Someone just asked what goes into branding.

Branding starts with you the individual. You need to learn and know more.

Time for lunch.

Different group sessions are being held with different topics for discussion. 

Africa crashes out of the World Cup- Any lessons worth learning?

This time not for Africa!
This time for Africa, or so said Shakira. Well she got it wrong. Not this time around. Ghana, the only surviving African country in the ongoing FIFA world cup in South Africa crashed out yesterday in a penalty shoot-out against Uruguay. It was 120 minutes of drama for all of us here in on the continent.
Following the abysmal performance of the African contingent that represented at the glamorous tournament, a thorough analysis devoid of emotions could come in handy. Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Algeria, South Africa and Ghana were the six African representatives there. The first question worth asking is, why did they all crash out so easily? Cameroon for instance did not score a single point, not even a draw.
The diseases of football administration in Africa
I have read various technical commentaries and analysis about why Africa never gets anywhere in the tournament. What I am yet to read is what the problem really is. It’s simply a that of inferiority complex and corruption on the part of football administrators and selfishness, arrogance and plain incompetence on the part of players.
Inferiority Complex
Ghana is currently the under-20 world youth champion, having won the trophy earlier on in the year. One thing of significance about that tournament is that we won it with a local coach: Sellas Tetteh who is now the national coach of Rwanda. When the issue of a new coach for the senior national team came up, what primary school logic suggests is that you give it to the one who just won a tournament and is also a native.
But for some weird, inexplicable reason, we went for a foreign coach. One who has less experience and has never won any international tourney. To add insult to injury, he is said to not speak English and thus we have to hire an interpreter to make for communication with the country. How many of you see a any sense in this? Why do African FAs not have faith in African coaches?
Ghana has a wealth of talent in terms of coaches. But for some reason, which I believe is inferiority complex, our FA has always preferred foreign coaches to them. None of whom have ever led us anywhere. One other reason I can think of why they are not interested in the local coaches is because of personal interest and corruption.
When you go for a local coach who you’ve known from childhood, you’re not likely to get any kickback from him. But when you bring in a foreign coach, it is always easier to negotiate with him about some kickbacks from his salary should you get him the job. So in this event, the coach who agrees to the highest possible kickback figure wins the deal. Not necessarily the most competent.
To make matters worse, that stupid law in FIFA regulations that states no “third party should interfered in the affairs of the local FA” makes the administrators of the game into demigods who are not subject to any control from the government, which in any democracy, is made up of the people, the very ones that cough up money to run the FA!
In essence, you have a body that the hardworking taxpayer raises money for, but is not answerable to them and can choose to do whatever they like, bring any coach they like, hire incompetent people to act as the team’s technical brains all in the name of some useless and moronic FIFA regulation. That is one major malady that is afflicting African football and its governance. I hope Nigeria’s president is able to stand up to FIFA and tell them to shove their regulation up where the sun does not shine!
Diseases of the players
In yesterday’s game, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan displayed a trait of most African players when they get onto the pitch: selfishness and greed for fame. Some are arguing that we should not talk about Gyan because he’d scored in earlier games. I ask those people, should your children pass exams in one period and woefully fail in the most important one, do you just say oh it’s ok or seek what caused their failure?
Gyan, like most African players, has a certain mentality (Wayne Rooney of England suffers same) that he is entitled to a goal in every match. He must necessarily score, he must add his name to the score sheet, he must be praised by the fine ladies, he is a demigod! What Gyan, and those like him forget is that it is a team made up of 10 other men. There are times when you just cannot do it alone. You would have to necessarily pass on the ball for someone to do it.
Not these self appointed goal makers. They play with all the selfishness one can imagine because they are the only ones that have been anointed to find the back of the net.
Then too we have sheer incompetence on the part of others. The biggest miss of all time by Yakubu Ayigbeni of Nigeria readily comes to mind. Our players for some reason miss when they have absolutely no excuse to. I could go on and on about African players here.
The long and short of it all
Until Africa puts its house in order it can forget getting anywhere in the world cup. Until she gets a little (not much, just a little) bit sincere and competent people to man its football administration, players have their heads flushed of all the maladies afflicting them when they get onto the pitch, our dreams of making any meaningful and significant dent in the game of soccer on the world stage will eternally remain what it is- a dream. And I have a dream!
Cross posted from OMG Africa!

[OFF TOPIC] An open warning to the President of the Republic of Ghana

Hi Prof
I write to you this warning of mine just so that someday I can have a defense before my God. I am a 25 year old law abiding, tax paying citizen of this God forsaken country of which you are the president. I am very much worried about a lot of things, only a few of which will be highlighted in this memo to you. During the 2008 elections, I really prayed to God Almighty to bring you to power, for we’d had enough of the glutonous, money hungry regime that was then ruling this country. Two years into your government and I think you really are failing. Your failure, Mr President, will have a dire consequence that if you are not careful, will haunt you for the rest of your life.
In case you do not know, it is under your government that the threshold for violence of this once peace loving populace is being lowered day in day out. The whole country is gradually getting used to hearing people getting killed over some stupid issue all over the country. The stupid, anachronistic, useless and archaic institution called chietaincy is threatening the very existence of this country and Mr President, you are queit. If no one told you, this country has over 50 ethnic groups that have lived side by side for hundreds of years. It is during your government that some really shallow minded chiefs are doing their utmost best to pitch these 50 groups against each other. I hope you have not forgotten so soon what happened in Rwanda. That was only two tribes. Now multiply Rwanda’s genocide by 50 and you will understand my frustration at your cowardice silence in the face of the glaring indiscipline of some myopic chiefs.
Two years into your term of government and you are yet to bring to trial people that would have been tried for high treason if we were living in a civilized society. During the 2008 elections, there were people who were caught on tape, plotting to subvert the very constitution that we the tax payers pay them to be vanguards of. These are men and women who plotted to plant dead bodies, use violence and all and necessary means to make sure that you never come to power. To make sure that the will of the people, as is clearly stated in the constitution is never respected. These are men and women who but for the Grace of God Almighty Himself, would have plunged this country into civil war. These men, who were caught on tape, some of whom were caught red handed with illegal weapons, are still walking free. Some are even in parliament, throwing their weight about, insisting their names be preceded by the stupid accolade of ‘honorable.’
Mr President, we all know there were people in the previous regime who squandered billions of Dollars that should have gone to do something beneficial for everyday people like myself and the other 25 million out there. The man who was the then speaker of parliament for example, upon leaving the official residence he was in, looted everything, and by everythign I mean everything including soap racks in the bathrooms! This man and his other cronies in that regime, are still free men. 
This morning I read the news headlines and saw a 25 year old man imprisoned for 18 months in hard labor because he stole some plantain. Mr President, in case you never knew, there is an English word called INJUSTICE. That is the order of the day in Ghana. Injustice. We have criminals, and I mean hardened robbers. Men and women who rob without compunction who are still waking free. Throwing their weight about because they are in politics. And we the law abiding, tax paying citizens are paying for their crimes.
Insecurity is now engulfing the country like never before. You have 18 year olds who are arrested everyday by the police for armed robbery. Have you ever wondered why the so called Internet fraud or 419 scams have eaten so much into the heads of the youth? It is because they look at you people in politics and see how rich you become overnight. They are then convinced that they can also make it in life quickly. They are learning from you. You politicians rob with pens. Now the youth are robbing with guns and computer keyboards. Do you have any qualms?
Mr President, the health system is falling apart. The baseless scheme called the National Health Insurance that was introduced by your predecessor is a giant scheme meant to rip people off. That scheme takes trillions of Cedis from our monies with the Social Security and do what with it? My card expired and upon going to renew, was told it will take 6 whole months for me to get a new one. The card has a duration of one year. Does it make sense to you? The education system is nothing to write home about. You have children failing miserably every year. The pass numbers keep going down everyday. Have you asked yourself why? Because the media are feeding the populace with garbage, filth and miseducation.
Mr President, I can write on till morning, but the battery on my laptop won’t allow because as of now there is no power. We are in darkness. Electricity, water, roads, telecommunication and almost every other infrastructure is in shambles. But the very reason why I write to you this memo is to sternly warn you and your government. I want you and your government to take control of the security situation in the country. You Mr John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills are not currently in charge of this country. It looks to me as if you are very much afraid of offending everybody in this world. I want to advice you to take charge and bring some semblance of law and order in this gradually dacaying country. Ghana is currently treading the path that was taken by her Neighbor Nigeria to get to where she is today.
It will not be in anyone’s interest should this country go haywire. Oh, sorry I forgot those that import guns and ship them off to the Northern Region and Bawku. But those people will come to know. Mr President, I want you to know, that should push come to shove in this country with regards to the security situation, law abiding citizens like myself and I believe thousands of others like me will not hesitate to pick up arms to defend those that are near and dear to us. We will not allow you politicians to break this country and think you can fly out with your families to safe places. 
I want to warn you, that innocent youth like myself are getting frustrated at the future you are causing this country to hold for us. We are trying very hard to make ends meet. The least you and your mostly incompetent government can do for us is to guarantee security. Guarantee our freedom to move about our own country without let or hinderance. Guarantee our freedom to own property without fear of losing them to criminals. Guarantee our right to justice and basic equalities. 
Mr President, I am warning you. The law abiding, tax paying youth of this country will hold you personally accountable should you, either by your action or inaction, cause this country to fall apart. Mr President, we are watching you. Mr President, act now. Mr President, it will be in the interest of every single one of us if you take charge of this country right now! Mr President, I have said enough. Be warned.