Donald Trump of US says Ghana is a "shithole" but these 7 facts prove him wrong

Donald Trump of US says Ghana is a "shithole" but these 7 facts prove him wrong

It was a moment of national outrage when president of the United States, Donald Trump, described Ghana and all other African states as “shithole” countries.

7 reasons Ghana can't be a "shithole" country

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The disparaging remark by the world’s most powerful president saw African leaders across the continent express their utter dissatisfaction and disappointment in the controversial American president.

Former president Mahama was the first to officially respond to these remarks by Donald J. Trump as he took to his Twitter page to call on the African Union to respond urgently. On his part, president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, fiercely condemned the pronouncement of the American leader saying Ghana will never “accept such insults”.

The rage by government got the American embassy in Ghana issue an emergency statement, call it damage control, to government arguing that the US respects Ghana so much just like any other African economies.

But what could be the foundation that Nana Addo stands on to boast that Ghana is indeed not a “shithole”? This article will be exploring some facts.

First, let’s try defining what a “shithole” is. According to the Google dictionary, a shithole is an extremely dirty, shabby or otherwise unpleasant place. These facts about Ghana could make the pronouncement of Trump a “no case” issue.

It was a moment of national outrage when president of the United States, Donald Trump, described Ghana and all other African states as “shithole” countries.

The disparaging remark by the world’s most powerful president saw African leaders across the continent express their utter dissatisfaction and disappointment in the controversial American president.

Former president Mahama was the first to officially respond to these remarks by Donald J. Trump as he took to his Twitter page to call on the African Union to respond urgently. On his part, president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, fiercely condemned the pronouncement of the American leader saying Ghana will never “accept such insults”.

The rage by government got the American embassy in Ghana issue an emergency statement, call it damage control, to government arguing that the US respects Ghana so much just like any other African economies.

But what could be the foundation that Nana Addo stands on to boast that Ghana is indeed not a “shithole”? This article will be exploring some facts.

First, let’s try defining what a “shithole” is. According to the Google dictionary, a shithole is an extremely dirty, shabby or otherwise unpleasant place. These facts about Ghana could make the pronouncement of Trump a “no case” issue.

1. Stable political environment

Since the transition of power from a military to democratic state, Ghana’s 4th Republic has been hailed across the world as one of the most politically stable in Africa. It is for this reason that Ghana is being described as the beacon of democracy in Africa. To this end, we get to find so many foreign investors come on board to invest their capital into the economy. If indeed the country was what American president claims it is, this would never be the case.

2. Existence of laws

Ghana’s 1992 Constitution is one of the legal frameworks which is worth emulating. The Constitution which has seen the peaceful transition of one administration to the other. It was also under the 1992 Constitution that we saw a peaceful arbitration of the 2012 election petition. The country would had reached this far if the judicial process was burdened with litigation and contempt.

3. Fairly good daily minimum wage

Government had recently increased the minimum wage to about 8 Cedis. An increase by about 2 Cedis. Unlike other economies where labour agitations are at their worst, the situation is very different from that of Ghana’s. The fair increase in minimum wage sets Ghana as one of the secured economies in West Africa when we talk about jobs.

4. No extreme hunger, starvation

Ghana’s food security is very impressive since the severe drought of the 80’s. According to the National Food and Buffer Stock as well as the agriculture ministry, Ghana’s food stock is enough to cater for the growing population in the next 2 to 3 years.

5. Freedom of expression

The achievement of a Democratic governance has seen hundreds of media houses flourish in Ghana. Known as the 4th estate of government, the media in Ghana has always been the watchdog of government always putting in check government officials. So far, the only issue government is grappling with is the enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) bill which completes the entire democratic process of government.

6. Ease of doing business

The World Bank has ranked Ghana as one of the top 10 countries in Africa with an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Under the NPP administration, Ghana’s macro-economic targets are nearing achievement with a continues reduction of inflation rates among others. Government under the 2017 budget took away several taxes just to ease the cost of doing business in the country.

7. Access to education

Under the Free SHS policy, pupils in basic levels of educations are being granted free access to education. Government under the erstwhile Mahama administration also embarked on a similar initiative. As it stands now, government is hoping to ensuring that all Ghanaian children have access to decent basic education

Meanwhile, some political experts believe the utterances of the American president should not be taken as an insult but rather a challenge for Africans to focus on making the continent very successful and not necessarily a sole dependent on foreign aid and support.

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