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Ghana is known for its poten*tial in min*eral resources like dia*mond, gold and
baux*ite, and the lat*est reports about oil dis*cov*ery in the coun*try is seen
as good news for the socio-economic devel*op*ment of the coun*try. But the
greatest questions that Ghanaians must continue to ask themselves are how
beneficial the oil will be to the country as a whole and not to the majority and
also the consequences that will follow when things turn to go the unexpected
way. Oil to a country is a blessing but mismanagement of it turns it into a
curse, this has happened to a lot of countries both around and far away from us.
The dis*cov*ery of oil in the country will help in the upper bracket of a rich
iden*tity that should put us all above petty squab*bles in the national
inter*est. Oil as been a major problem for many countries both in Africa and the
Arab world, but i think it is time for some of us to know the difference between
a national interest and a political or partisan interested so that we do not
become like the others. Ghana must become the best out of the rest.
Oil exploration and development of oil sectors in West Africa are increasing
rapidly. From the Nigeria, Libya and Angola and many others, it is now time for
Ghana to enjoy the natural gift of development but this gift can also turn into

Discovering of oil in many countries resulted in political instability, are our
political leaders also going to take on this negative feature where every
political party will be "power angry "to get the total political power over the
oil? Our political leaders need to exercise the maximum patience so that the
exploration of the oil in the country will be successful, our political leaders
must get to know that the peaceful nature of the country is more important than
anything else.
Introduction of oil into the country must not let us neglect other economic
sectors, including agriculture and manufacturing when this happen; unemployment
levels will be high as a result. What we must know is that the oil of the
country no matter how much it is can not solve all the problems of the country.
The oil industry do little to alleviate the problems, and the income disparities
will tend to be very wide, as a privileged few profit from the oil revenue,
often through corruption, while the rest of the country stagnates.
Even more serious problems that most oil country faces are the political
problems associated with oil wealth. The first is corruption, an endemic
problem, when large amounts of revenue start pouring suddenly into countries and
there is no strong institutions to monitor the oil drilling process . Another
problem is the problem of accountability on behalf of the leaders in charge. A
lot of political problems arise from lack of accountability to the people or the
concerned institutions, these problems are evident in most of the African
countries around us.
Major civil crises are at question in most of the oil countries because the
population of oil producing countries often develops a sense of entitlement to
wealth--if the country is rich in oil, the population should also be rich. The
expectation that oil revenue can take care of all problems is usually
unrealistic, particularly in countries with a large population this country.

Finally I will like to say that at the root of most problems that leads to
crises and other stagnation in a countries development is the extreme ethnic
diversity of the country. When there is no room for the unification of ethnic
groups in the country a lot of problems will arise out of that which will not be
good for the country. The country’s political leaders must stand against
nepotism and favoritisms as the oil is a test of our faith. Development within
the country must be even in order to prevent troubles as the militants group in
Nigeria. Ghanaians must therefore have a second thought concerning the oil in
the country; how well can it be taken care of and also what are its benefits to
the country.
I think the article was interesting and I agree with it but it was not anything that wasn't painfully obvious.

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I have said it before and I will say it again, if people want to dwell on the matter as if it is a curse, then that is their prerogative. However if they want to utilize their resources wisely then that is also their prerogative.

I find it quite foolish to keep rehashing the same age old analysis, such as this country that country had oil etc.

The failure of one country is not your success and the success of one country is not your success either just as the failure of one country is also not your failure.

Do whatever you want with your resources, it is frankly as simple as that.
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