Incompetence and mediocrity are two things in life that should never be rewarded, yet it is the opposite that seems to hold true in Ghana. When a minister who has been given a job, to run Ghana’s campaign in Brazil, returns with unequivocal failure, he is rewarded with a new job- at the Presidency!
When you reside in such a climate, where extenuating circumstances mean people are rarely fired for their failures, finding a person willing to resign their post is a rare thing indeed. Yet in other parts of the world, it is not a strange thing at all. Maybe it is because they know the axe would fall on them sooner or later, but then maybe it’s also because they are humans with dignity, and they realise their failure has made their position going forward untenable.
Because resigning your position takes more guts than soldiering on in failure. Resigning implies you recognise your failures, that you are man enough to take responsibility for your actions. If you are prepared to bask in the joy that success brings, why should you not also pay for the ignominy of failure?
In the wake of Italy’s disastrous world cup campaign, manager Cesare Prandelli and FIGC (Italy’s Football Federation) President Gincarlo Abete both resigned from their positions. This occurred barely two days after their exit, with both men accepting responsibility for the failure in Brazil and recognising that fresh blood was needed to set Italian football straight.
In the wake of the global economic crisis CEO’s dropped like flies, realising their folly whilst also getting out of the way for better minds to find a solution to the mess they have created.
When you look at the shambles that was Ghana’s campaign in Brazil, you realise the necessity for heads to roll. From government, to the Ghana Football Association, and even the coach of the team, it was such a cataclysmic failure on so many levels that several institutions and individuals are to blame, and absent a firing culture you would expect the men amongst them to own up to their actions. But alas, this is Ghana and the best we can hope for is that they have learned from their mistakes and would do better next time, because no-one is going anywhere.
Now sometimes failure is due to extenuating circumstances, and in such situations people can and should be given second chances to prove their worth. However I believe we all witnessed what happened in Brazil, not just on the pitch but off it, and any organisation that presides over such a situation has lost their mandate to organise anything else for the good people of Ghana.
There are many ways we as Ghanaians differ from other countries, both in good and bad ways. However this situation where no one seems to accept responsibility for their shortcomings is baffling.
Now I am not calling for people to resign willy-nilly over the littlest issues, because sometimes resigning can also be construed as running away from a challenge. However, from what happened in Brazil, and considering that no heads would roll for what was a disgraceful episode for Ghana as a country; it is a shame that there isn’t even one man willing to fall on their own sword to let us know that they at least, realise they have failed the taxpayer who put them in their lofty positions!