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Politics of Monday, 15 June 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Akufo-Addo government has achieved only 14% of promises not 78% - NDC

North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa play videoNorth Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

The banter over achievements between the two main political parties -opposition NDC and ruling NPP- seems to have no end in sight as the former has sought to rubbish achievements of the ruling government.

According to the NDC, the initial 78% figure indicated by the NPP as its performance rate is nothing but a blatant scam being slapped on the faces of the ordinary Ghanaian.

Vice President Bawumia, speaking at a town hall meeting in Kumasi said the Akufo-Addo administration has fulfilled 78% of its 2016 manifesto promises, up from the 72% earlier stated.

He is quoted to have said, “In all, we made 388 promises in our manifesto. The most recent validation exercise at the end of January 2019 shows that we had delivered or are delivering on 303, 78 percent of the promises, up from the 72 percent reported earlier.”

But Addressing the media at the NDC’s weekly press briefing on the theme; NPP 2016 manifesto in perspective: claims, deception and really, MP for North Tongu insisted that per the party’s research, the ruling government barely scored 20%.

Per the NDC’s research, ruling government made 631 manifesto promises not 388 as earlier touted by the Vice President.

Ablakwa indicated that the cumulative performance of the ruling govt in achieving its promises rather hovers around 14% not 78%.

With specific regards to the performance in specific ministries, the chieftaincy and local government ministries were ranked zero.

This, the party claimed, means only 86 of the 631 promises have been delivered.



“Notwithstanding the difficult economy we inherited, we had to get on with it and start to fix the problems. We were cognisant of our many promises. In fact, at the direction of President Akufo-Addo, we put together a dashboard of manifesto promises immediately after we were declared winners of the 2016 election, and before we were sworn into office. We have been using this dashboard to track our manifesto promises since”, the Vice-President said at the time.

“The challenge was huge. How could an economy that could not pay even teacher and nursing training allowances, suddenly deliver lower taxes, restore teacher and nursing training allowances, create jobs, implement free senior high school education, NABCo, Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village-One Dam, One Constituency-One Ambulance, reduce electricity prices, formalise the economy, industrialising the economy, reducing the cost of doing business, etc., while at the same time reducing the budget deficit and the rate of borrowing? It seemed an impossible task and our opponents were emphatic that we could not fulfill our promises. But we were very confident that with good economic management and by the grace of God, we could make what seemed impossible possible.

“The data and the evidence are clear that we have largely met our manifesto promises. We have delivered and are delivering on over 300 of our promises, and we are on course to do even more,” he declared.

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