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General News of Thursday, 18 July 2019

Source: ABCnewsgh.com

Akufo-Addo’s policies are difficult to implement - Prof Adei

Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, Professor Stephen Adei has said that the policies made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo are difficult to implement, ABC News can report.

Though Professor Stephen Adei lauds the several policies introduced by the NPP government, he maintains that the difficulty with the implementation of some of these policies make it difficult for people to derive its full benefits.

“The policies of Akufo-Addo are the best policies for Ghana but its implementation has been quite difficult. For example, his vision and programmes for agriculture for the cocoa industry are unparalleled but implementation have been difficult.”

According to the National Development Planning Commission chairman, resource constraints remain a major cause for ineffective implementation of most government policies.

“Implementation has been difficult for one major reason and that it is resource constraints. Resource constraints have been tighter than it has ever been since 2001 when we became HIPC.”

“The resource constraint has been greater because there had been in the past an abuse of taking loans and squandering them and now you have a situation whereby if we had not re based the currency about 70 to 72 percent of our GDP was the level of national debt at the time they took over with very little to show. What that means is that you have a serious debt service problem and much of the loan that have been taken have been used to refinance the old debts so that you can spread its payment for our children to suffer.”

Professor Adei further called for a restructure in the leadership structure of the National Development Planning Commission.

“If we really meant what NDPC should do for the country, there should be about nine(9) full time commissioners.”