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The president is suffering from "Mahanesia" - Akufo-Addo

Comment: Nana Addo and NPP, A Quixotic Assembly

Kwaku Dela
2012-11-02 23:46:57
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Nana had turkey on the platform

NPP either has a tunnel vision or are sincerely ignorant of development concepts.
A close listening to Nana Akuffo Addo and his campaign team suggests that they are unfamiliar with the concept of felt needs. In areas where people are in desperate need of water, electricity, road network and others Nana Akuffo Addo consistently promises to give them free SHS. It will be recalled that during the 2008, electioneering campaign, Nana Addo also promised to give kayaye distance learning. Obviously, this is a person who is ignorant about development issues and concepts.
The last IEA debate revealed that Nana Addo understands health to mean only one thing - health insurance. Nana does not understand that without health facilities, health insurance is useless. The fact is that at least 40% of Ghanaians’ do not have access to formal health facilities within a distance of 5km radius. Many pregnant women withor without health insurance do not still deliver in any health facility because they are unable to reach any facility during labor, when it matters most. Moreover, the doctor –patient ratio of 1: 11, 479 shows that there is acute shortage of doctors even if we are able to provide the health facilities. Yet Nana is not concerned about the need to train more doctors but would rather litigate about the cost at which the doctors are trained, if someone tries to ensure that more doctors get trained. Obviously this is a trained litigant who should restrain himself to the practice of law, as his mindset for appreciating the nation’s developmental challenges is clearly warped.

Given his bankruptcy in developmental issues, Nana Addo has chosen to take ownership of Article 25 (1) (b)of the 1992 constitution which states that ‘all persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities; with a view to achieving the full realization of that right: secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education’. Being a constitutional provision, all political parties including the NDC, PPP and CPP are committed to the implementation of free secondary education. Implementation of a free secondary education policy is therefore not the preserve of the NPP as the electorate is being made to believe.
Further, Iam particularly appalled by the fact that Nana Akuffo Addo and his advisors do not seem to have a full grasp of what free SHS entails. In the first place they have consistently limited their analysis to fees, covering a number of items, without considering and costing the infrastructural requirements of such a policy. Secondly, their insistence on the fact that they can bring about free SHS immediately is ludicrous. About 64% of students passed BECE recently, yet vacancies exist for only 46% of those who passed. This means that we need at least 3 times the number of secondary schools and teachers to successfully implement a free SHS policy. It is practically impossible for Nana Addo and his advisors to create 3 times the number of secondary schools and teachers immediately as they are suggesting. Moreover, the NPP was unable to reach 10% of basic school children with the school feeding program they introduced, yet they are practically suggesting that they will add the boarding needs of SHS students to this immediately. Nana Akuffo Addo and his NPP are either sincerely incompetent in their analysis or they are only using free SHS as a ploy to swindle the electorate in order to win votes.

Nana Akuffo Addo may be a renowned lawyer, but he is clearly bankrupt as far as development decision making is concerned. This is clearly not a presidential material.

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Nana Addo and NPP, A Quixotic Assembly
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