Government has welcomed the latest Afrobarometer survey on Citizens’ perceptions of the country’s economic conditions released on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, ABC News can report.
Reacting to the survey, the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide said the report is positive feedback to the Government and shall inform Government’s plans and programs going forward.
Making reference to one of the major findings of the survey, which indicated that 54% of respondents were optimistic that the country’s economic conditions will be much better next year, the Deputy Minister said the study demonstrated a vote of confidence in the management of the economy.
Key findings of the study, conducted by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) suggested among other things that majority of Ghanaians believe that the country is “moving in the wrong direction.”
According to the report, six in 10 Ghanaians, representing 59% of the population said the country was going in the wrong direction while only 35% felt the country was headed in the right direction, a sharp decline from what pertained in 2017.
It however noted that about 54% of Ghanaians were optimistic that things will get better in the next year.
Reacting to the report on TV3, the Mr Hadzide expressed delight that a majority of Ghanaians say that the economic conditions of Ghana is much better now as compared to the past.
“Ghanaians admit that the NPP inherited a very challenged economy with all prospects and indicators on a nosedive. They however see deliberate and sustained action to fix the challenges and build a solid foundation for a massive take off, that explains the People’s confidence in this administration and their optimism.
“We are making steady progress under this administration. In 2014 under Mahama’s NDC, only 15% of the respondents thought that the economy was headed in the right direction with a whooping 85% thinking that the country was headed in the wrong direction.” Today, the graph shows the two indicators all moving towards the median” Mr Hadzide stated.
The Deputy Minister explained that typical of any new administration, the NPP Government took some time to fully setup and get its feet on the ground. The second and third years in office, he said, were used to reverse the decline and build the solid foundation to propel the country’s development.
“The micro achievements have already began reflecting in the lives of ordinary Ghanaians. The full manifestations would soon be seen” he said.
The Afrobarometer is a pan-African, independent, non-partisan research network that measures public attitudes on economic, political, and social matters in Africa.
Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in more than 30 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle.