Royalties who owe no allegiance or obedience to the people do make their subjects to celebrate their birthdays. Kings and Queens are usually out of touch and do not truly identify with the suffering of the people. Since they are not accountable to the people they could afford to eat, drink and be merry at the expense of the people. Elected representatives are accountable to the people. They cannot afford to waste resources while their people are in need. Such people may not even think of a birthday celebration or have a quite family reunion.
As regions celebrate a birthday of a President, sugar is 9 Dalasi per cup. Laundry Soap is now 8 Dalasi for a small tablet. A small tin of Milk is 25 Dalasi and is in short supply. The big tin is 50 Dalasi. The common people’s rice is 7 Dalasi per cup and 1250 per bag. A kilo of Onions is 30 Dalasi. The same goes for a kilo of potatoes.
In the same vein the salary of directors who are on grade twelve, the highest grade in the civil service is 81000 Dalasi per annum or approximately 7000 Dalasi per month; those in grade 11 receive 73,000 Dalasi per annum or approximately 6000 Dalasi per month; those in grade 10 receive 64000 Dalasi per Annum or approximately 5000 Dalasi per month; those in Grade 9 receive 48 000 to 4000 Dalasi per month; those in grade 8 receive 47000 Dalasi per annum or a little less than 4000 Dalasi per month; those in Grade 7 receive 40000 Dalasi per annum of a little bit more than 3000 Dalasi per month; those in Grade 6 receive 28000 Dalasi per annum which is approximately a bit above 2000 Dalasi per month Those in Grade 5 receive 27000 Dalasi per annum which is a bit more than 2000 Dalasi per month; those in grade 4 receive 17000 Dalasi per annum which is about 1500 Dalasi per month ;those in Grade 3 receive 14000 per annum or 1100 Dalasi per month; Those in Grade 2 receive 13 000 Dalasi per annum or 1000 dalasi a month; Those in Grade1 receive 11000 per annum or approximately 800 Dalasi per month.
There is need to address the problem of poor salaries in both the public and private sectors before there are cause for national celebrations.