While certain individuals deduce that majority rules system (democracy) didn’t totally help Africa, Ghana’s President is of an alternate assessment. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says – Democracy has been beneficial for the continent and for his country Ghana too.
The President says, the price of freedom is timeless vigilance, and that all parts of public life have seen huge upgrades under equitable regulations, in comparison to the times of military rule.
As indicated by the President, “The 1970s and 1980s, the times of unbridled dictator rule on the continent, were the periods of financial decay, deteriorating poverty, imploding system and instability on our continent. Gross domestic product per capita in 1970, for instance, as per the World Bank, remained at $220”.
He added that the “third flood of democratization” in Africa, starting during the 1990s, saw GDP per capita rise significantly to 600 and five dollars ($605) in 1995, declined possibly to 500 and 47 dollars ($547) in the year 2000, and, in 2017, expanded to 1,000, 500 and fifty dollars ($1,550).
In Ghana, the GDP per capita was 300 and 98 dollars ($398) in 1990, declined to 200 and 58 dollars ($258) in 2000, and it is currently 2,000, 200 and 23 dollars ($2,223).
One more key record of index of Human Development, life expectancy at birth, was estimated by the World Bank at forty-five (45) years in 1970 in sub-Saharan Africa.
“By 1990, this had increased to fifty (50) years, and, in 2019, life expectancy at birth on the continent was sixty-one (61) years. In Ghana, it was forty-nine (49) years in 1970, and sixty-four (64) years in 2019.
As per data from the World Bank, primary school enrolment in sub-Saharan Africa in 1970 remained at 54%, and had expanded to 98.9% in 2019. It was 64% for us in Ghana in 1970, and by 2019, remained at 105% in 2019.
With 2022 denoting the 30th commemoration of the 1992 Referendum of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo says the Ghanaian public displayed through that interaction their obligation to popularity based administration under a Constitution that ensures the full delight in principal common freedoms and metro freedoms.
This has guided Ghana into the longest, continuous time of steady, established majority rule administration in her set of experiences, which has encountered, under the fourth Republic, three (3) tranquil exchanges of force through the polling station on three (3) separate occasions.
The anti-democrats, who are always looking for occasions to sneer at democratic governance, should also bear the following data in mind.