Floods and a Flood of Financial Aid

At long last, we’ve stopped talking about the power situation in Ghana.  But, we might just miss the electricity issues.  Sometimes, a lack of power is preferable to flooding and football inquests.  And that’s not all that’s happening in Ghana.  It looks like everything is beginning to move again in the country… from all that water, to girls trying to earn a living for their education.

Of course, the floods are at the forefront of everyone’s mind.  The damage to property and the devastation left in the wake of the floods would be enough to move anyone.  But the eruption of a gas station, killing over 150 people is really too much to bear.  The rains were a welcome way to keep electricity flowing until they brought death.  Now more than ever, the country needs to consider which areas of development are crucial at this moment… and in the future – and then, we’ll need to find the money to get cracking on those issues.

The money coming in from the EU will certainly be a help on the path to development.  Very soon, Ghana will find an additional EUR 161.38 million in its coffers.  This money has been earmarked for four different areas of development.  Healthcare development will see a much-needed increase in funds, as will governmental service delivery.  And, a large share of the cash will go towards and overall development plan that addresses several areas of concern.

One hopes that the government will remain transparent on the spending of these funds.  Misappropriation is a hot topic across the globe at the moment.  Not only have top level FIFA officials and the organization as a whole been called into question; we see the same sort of investigation into the Ghana Football Association.  It’s almost frightening how much money has evaporated and can only hope that our beloved Black Stars don’t suffer reprisals at a time when the entire soccer world is about to be transformed.

Still, it would be nice if we could focus on the plight of our football players for more than a few minutes.  We also need to worry about clinical tests for an Ebola vaccine.  Although the FDA has approved the composition of the vaccine, one can’t help but wonder why tests will be run in Ghana.  If they are so safe, perhaps clinical tests should be done in the United States.  After all the Food and Drug Administration is an American organisation and clearly concerned about the outcome of these tests.  Although the latest Ebola outbreak didn’t hit home on Ghanaian soil, the region is still reeling and far too vulnerable.

However, as organisations such as Public Radio International bring attention to the plight of Accra’s carry girls, one can only assume we are moving forward.  It’s not wonderful to hear about the struggles of any child hoping to receive education and fair treatment; this news story suggests that the international community is taking notice of the issues that extend beyond football, flooding, and financial aid.

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