Roads aren’t genuine sign of economic growth

 Roads aren’t genuine sign of economic growth

George Sichula
I hear a lot of hired people giving false and deceiving economic explanations while ignoring what’s on the ground.

Some do understand the truth but are compelled to lie out of financial influence. It’s very clear that Africa is still illiterate especially when it comes to economic matters. That’s why a lot of politicians have taken advantage because masses luck understanding.

I want to help you with a few indicators that will help you know whether a particular Nation is on track economically or not.

How would you know whether your country is doing well or not economically? Can roads, Clinics, Hospitals and other Infrastructure development depict economic growth?

Well, well! To start with, Economic growth is an increase in the production of goods and services over a specific period. To be most accurate, the measurement must remove the effects of inflation.

Economic growth creates more profit for businesses. As a result, stock prices rise. That gives companies capital to invest and hire more employees.

As more jobs are created, incomes rise. Consumers have more money to buy additional products and services. Purchases drive higher economic growth. For this reason, all countries want positive economic growth.

In a good economy, policies allow a common person to survive without a Job. There is money in circulation and it becomes rare for companies to retrench workers.

A national cake trickles down to a lowest person.  Employment levels go up. People never struggle to put food on the table. A Government can concentrate on  building; schools, clinics, roads, Universities and so on, but as long as people cannot put food on the table, that particular Government will never be appreciated.

As much as you build Infrastructure which people do appreciate, build people too. Hiding in Infrastructure development has become common in the African politics today. Its time Governments started building people. Go down to an ordinary citizen and come up with a policy that will affect them economically.

What’s the point of building that road when retirees are dying without getting their pay?

When companies are on financial drips and oxygen to survive, when people are dying of depression, when suppliers and contractors struggle to even pay taxes.

A bad economy allows cadres and crooks to champion the economy through corruption. What’s the point of going to school when you know your papers will just be gathering dust?

I am told that tamanga is now for everyone whether educated or not. I thought Tamanga was for the people who never went to school. But how can it be for all to tamanga?

It’s time to wake up from economic nightmares.   We need leaders with a listening ear. Not those who are chocked with power and fame.

We need leaders with genuine humility and fear for the people. We don’t need leaders who can only connect with the people when it’s time to ask for a vote.

They Disappear and appear when it’s voting time. Let’s wake up from slumber and do a right thing. Time is now. Africa.

The Independent Observer

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