THE NATIONAL PLEDGE


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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. These are not my words, but that of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. Our parents also bought into this idea and in their quest to give us the best when it comes to education, they enrolled us in schools. I’m sure most of us, who passed through the walls of basic schools, were taught the National pledge and recited it during morning school assembly. I remember vividly, putting my right hand on the left side of my chest and reciting the national pledge with pride during school assembly and other public functions. I’m sure some of you, have forgotten the words that constitute the national pledge. Let me do a quick recap of it to refresh your memories.
I PROMISE ON MY HONOR TO BE FAITHFUL AND
AND LOYAL TO GHANA MY MOTHERLAND
I PLEDGE MYSELF TO THE SERVICE OF GHANA
WITH ALL MY STRENGTH AND WITH ALL MY HEART
I PROMISE TO HOLD IN HIGH ESTEEM OUR HERITAGE WON
FOR US THROUGH THE BLOOD AND TOIL OF OUR FATHERS AND
I PLEDGE MYSELF IN ALL THINGS TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE GOOD NAME OF GHANA
SO HELP ME GOD!!!!!
Yes!!!!!This is the pledge we made and continue to make to our nation. A pledge is supposed to be honored so I ask, Are we honoring the pledge we make or made to our nation? We promise to be faithful and loyal to Ghana our motherland. Are we fulfilling that promise? Some students cheat their way, into gaining admission into Universities by forging their exam results and paying bribes even though they know their results, makes them ineligible to gain admission. During examination, some students copy each others work popularly known as “giraffing”. Some even go to the extent of bribing some lecturers, for exam questions popularly called “apor” before the time examination commences. They engage in this ignominious act unabashed and when they pass their examinations, they jubilate with no vestige of shame or guilt left in them. Does this constitute faithfulness to our motherland? Are some of our national leaders faithful and loyal to our nation? Receiving bribes from contract bidders, before awarding contracts, embezzling funds meant for developmental projects, using state properties and resources for their parochial interests, painting a false picture of the state of the nation just to win cheap political points, instead of telling Ghanians, the bitter truth about the state of the nation. Is this faithfulness?
Some journalists allow themselves to be compromised with money and end up doing skewed journalism instead of standing for the truth.
The most disheartening one is some Judges, who are held in high accord and are supposed to uphold the highest level of faithfulness and honesty, allegedly caught in an Anas Aremeyaw Anas investigative video tampering justice with a paltry sum of money, goat, yam etc.
We pledge to serve our nation, with all our strength and all our heart. Is that the case now? National service personnel, feeling reluctant to go to some villages to undertake their national service. They prefer working in plush offices in the cities. When assigned duties, they do it haphazardly with the notion that, it’s not their parents job instead of discharging their duties, with alacrity and the highest level of decorum.
Some public sector workers come to work late and close early ending up not completing their task for the day. They rather pride themselves, in taking unnecessary hiatus at the detriment of their work.
Doctors derelict their duties, over undocumented conditions of service by government at the peril of ailing patients at the hospital. Is this serving the nation with all our strength and all our heart?
We promised to hold in high esteem, our heritage won for us, through the blood and toil of our fathers. Independence wasn’t gained for Ghana on a silver platter. Our forefathers fought for it and some even lost their lives in the process. They could have sat down aloof, as is the norm lately. In case, they resurrect from their graves, would they be pleased with what is left of what they sacrificed their lives for?
Tetteh Quarshie brought cocoa pods from Fernando po and planted it in Ghana. Once upon a time, Ghana was once extolled, as the number one producer of high quality cocoa but in recent times, we’ve lost that recognition to Ivory coast. Our national leaders, have failed to manage and improve upon the heritage our forefathers fought for and left behind. Where is Ghana Airways and Ghana Telecom? Electricity Company of Ghana, is also about to follow them down the drain. All these public entities, have been mismanaged due to ineptitude, on the part of the people at the helm of affairs when it comes to managing these entities. Ghanians, have been reeling under this current debilitating energy crisis for almost four years and no credible remedy is in sight yet. I call this an energy quagmire not an energy crisis.
The citizenry, is also partly to blame for this conundrum we find ourselves in. Some selfish people, condone illegal electricity connection, thus making the nation run at a loss.
Finally, we pledged that in all things we would uphold and defend the good name of Ghana and asked God for help. Does being caught as a Ghanaian, smuggling cocaine into another country, to the extent of causing the international community to tag your country as a transit point, for the distribution of cocaine connote upholding and defending the good name of Ghana? Or does threatening to back out of an international sports tournament, such as the just ended FIFA World Cup, due to unpaid appearance fees, thus holding the nation at ransom and causing the government to fly a hefty sum of money to Brazil, making the nation a laughing stock amongst the international community epitomize upholding and defending the good name of Ghana?
In my candid opinion, I think we should all go into a trance of self assessment, to see whether we have all honored our pledge to the nation. If we find ourselves wanting, it’s never too late .We can still renew our pledge and ask God for help to enable us honor it.

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