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LET’S HONUR OUR PLEDGE TO MOTHER GHANA

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A pledge according to the Free Dictionary, is a solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something. A pledge is solemn because it is characterized by deep sincerity, seriousness.

A pledge according to the Free Dictionary, is a solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something. A pledge is solemn because it is characterized by deep sincerity, seriousness.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 (Good News Bible) says: “so when you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He has no use for a fool. Do what you promise to do. Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it. Do not let your own words lead you into sin, so that you have to tell God’s priest that you did not mean it. Why make God angry with you?  Why let him destroy what you have worked for?”


The above biblical quote denotes that God takes every promise very seriously and that we must at all times be honest and faithful with the promises we make.


                                                                                          Our pledge to Ghana


We have all in one-way or the other made a solemn pledge or promise to mother Ghana. The founding fathers of this great nation knew what role the actions and conducts of it citizens would play in nation building. It is upon this premise that a carefully authored national pledge was promulgated to commit citizens to the worthy developmental course of the country with their unalloyed support. It is for this same reason the founding fathers ensured that the national pledge was infused to the country’s educational system such that the virtues it seeks to inculcate into the citizenry is done right from the basic school going age.


The sort of zeal with which our teachers ensured that the national pledge assimilated and manifested in our everyday lives was unimaginable. I can recount the punishment we received for our inability to recite the national pledge. I did not understand at the time.


Our national pledge seeks to instigate love for the country when we passionately said “I promise on my honor to be faithful and loyal to Ghana my mother land.’’ The pertinent question then is where is the honesty we promised mother Ghana? Where is the faithfulness when we consistently engage in deceit and concealment to enrich ourselves at the expense of the nation? Where is our loyalty when our actions and conducts perpetually drag her precious name in the mud? Where is the loyalty when we are always subjecting her to ridicule by some of our decisions. Where are the virtues we promised her when we are constantly using falsehood to pervert the true course of our motherland for the sake of partisan affiliation or individual parochial interest? When did partisanship start to override nationalism and patriotism? We must know that true development will come when we exhibit the loyalty, faithfulness and honesty we pledged. It is only in that light and condition that development will rear it true head.


                                                                                          State vs private


We have pledged ourselves to the service of Ghana with all our strengths and with all our hearts. But what do we see? We are always lackadaisical in our approach to the service of Ghana. It always beat my imagination when state companies and agencies are failing in their line of duties while those in private endeavors are flourishing. The state with all it goodwill and credibility run businesses at a loss and normally require the intervention of government for sustainability whiles those in private enterprises operate independently of government’s subvention.

Ghanaian citizens are usually productive when they are employed in the private sector but such productivities however diminish immediately they enter the public sector. John F. Kennedy was truly right when he said “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Every country’s development is dependent on the services and sacrifices of it citizenry. So, once we have pledged our service to Ghana with all our strength and with all our heart, let us truly work along that tangent and not rather sway for any reason.


                                                                                  Destroying what others toiled for


We have again pledged, ‘’to hold in very high esteem our heritage won for us through the blood and toil of our fathers.’’ The Ghana we see today is not a country that was coined out of space. It was fought for in a battle leading to some eminent Ghanaians losing their lives. These great Ghanaians really lived by their pledge to hold in esteem their heritage and that is the reason we are heirs in our generation. Some people worked to redeem it and bequeathed to us their redemption. Why then do we through our actions seek to wreck what others have labored for?  What we are doing to our environment is incomprehensible.

We are degrading our environment in a manner that seems to suggest that there will be no Ghana beyond our generation. An American conservationist Gifford Pinchot in 1910 stated that, “the right of the present generation to use what it needs and all it needs of the natural resources now available recognizing equally our obligation so to use what we need that our descendants shall not be deprived of what they need must be our guiding principle and resonates very well with the stance taken by our current president Nana Akufu-Addo.


                                                                                                    Illegalities


 People are engaging in illegal mining, illegal lumbering, irresponsible disposal of refuse on our environment and other forms of corrupt behaviors on the part of people who call themselves Ghanaians. Ghana is for all of us and generations yet unborn and needs to be mindful of how we deal with her. Ghana is currently on the verge of extinction through the gradual destruction of our vegetation and our water bodies. When these conditions (vegetation and water bodies) are lost in our Ghanaian habitat, sustainability of human lives will become a very challenging job for all of us to do. The President Nana Akufo-Addo has vowed not to relent in His effort to fight this canker of environmental degradation. He has stated and is continually emphasizing that if we cannot do anything good to our heritage, we must not destroy it.


                                                                                             Acting with integrity


We have pledged ourselves in all things to uphold and defend the good name of Ghana. We as citizens of Ghana constitute the operational unit of corporate Ghana. As I indicated earlier, Ghana cannot function independently of it citizens. Our actions and inactions will give Ghana the kind of picture and image she requires. The good name of the country we seek to project is inextricably linked to our behavior. We must therefore act and conduct ourselves with the kind of integrity and conscience that will see us realize our objectives.  By our pledge, we are to desist from all kinds of actions and conducts that will give Ghana a bad name and embrace ways that will rather signal to the world what our country also have to offer.

We must commit to doing our bit as Ghanaians to let the kingdom of God come on earth as it is in heaven. We must not be seen as contributors to the global environmental degradation with it associated problems as global warming; but rather through our small efforts work to make it a heaven on earth.


Let us have it in mind that Ghana is bigger than any of us as citizens and must be prepared to sacrifice our interest for the bigger interest of the nation. We must not hold on high our personal individual interest above the bigger picture. By so doing, we will be writing our precious names in Ghana’s history book just as our founding fathers did. May God bless us all and bless our homeland Ghana.