Leaderships around the world are asking people to stay home as a measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. People are advised to limit their movements to their homes if they have nothing important to do.
In Ghana, leadership is doing its best to flatten the curves through social distancing just like the other part of the world. This restriction to our movement may have course some discomforts but there is a positive side to this. Staying home gives us a lot of time to focus on lots of things, things we could never get done if we keep moving about.
Some online educational portals have given free access to most of their courses, in a video, I watched recently, I learnt we could also use the time to contact our mentors since they will be spending most of their times home themselves.
If you follow politics, you would know that Sammy Gyamfi entered the limelight in 2018 as NDC’s Communications Officer after defeating his contender Fred Agbenyo with a convincing margin. At the time, I taught that was a win for Ghanaian politics, a young man taking the seat and our political narrative but instead he followed the leaders and joined in on their political game.
Then COVID-19 happened and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who also entered politics and won the parliamentary seat for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region during the 2016 general elections and is currently the Minister of Information surprised the country with his statesmanship. To me, the pandemic brought out the best in Kojo Oppong Nkrumah showing that they can really do the job with the people in mind rather than trying to please their political parties something Sammy Gyamfi seems to be doing with how he addresses issues with his position. He even grows the horns to call others hypocrites even though he was doing the same with his moments of truth where he rains allegations on the NPP and defends worse things in the NDC.
My message today is simple, it is time Sammy Gyamfi signs up a mentor so that he learns the act of communication for national development. And at this time, there is no better person to pick than the Minister of Information himself. I believe the reason he follows the status quo is that he is young so instead of being a devoted Ghanaian his maturity is getting in the way therefor his loyalty to political parties instead of mother Ghana.
I hope we learn a lot of lessons even as we fight this virus, if we are power or a position and we can’t use that to build this country fairly, then what are we doing? If we can’t hold our different opinions with some form of civility then coronavirus should be the least of our worries.