Every country that aspires for sustainable growth and development requires a government that makes agenda of the country first and whose prime aim is to seek the total progress and development of the nation at all cost. A government whose manifesto is directed not only to infrastructural development but the development of its citizens in terms of education, health, economic growth, religious tolerance, etc. A government that is poised to save a depressed economy to middle-income status. A government that honors its campaign promises.
It is a fact in the history of Ghana’s politics that NPP government, led by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has shown tremendous prowess when it comes to managing, stabilizing and sustainably growing the economy of Ghana. They inherited a totally broken economy from a government whose bread was corruption and tea was loot and share. An NDC government led John Dramani Mahama whose corrupted acts are still shadowed in the Airbus corruption scandal. At a time when absolute frustration had been drawn on the faces of students who have been denied allowances and other brilliant but needy children could not afford tertiary education. When many businessmen and women were dying out of bankruptcy because of lack of energy to sustain their business. When people had lost trust in banking because their monies have been stolen by illegal financial institutions due to improper regulations which were deemed a strategy of the then ruling NDC government to steal from hard-working innocent citizens. In the midst of all these, the NPP government has taken positive measures to direct the affairs of Ghana’s economy to safer shores, all facts and figures prove this. Energy issues, which gave Ghana a disgraceful term dumsor globally has been resolved, businesses are smoothly running, parents are released from the headache of school fees, needy children are in school enjoying fantastic education policies, roads and schools are been constructed.
During their 2016 election campaign, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Ghana’s messiah and his running mate the Adam Smith of our time, the economic prophet Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia outline about 388 development agendas in their manifesto. Ghanaians believed them and gave them the mantle to lead. It is no wonder just after three years in office almost all of these manifestos have been fulfilled including the free education policy which some state enemies like the then flagbearer of NDC who himself a beneficiary of free SHS policy mocked and said cannot be done because they do not want poor children to also benefit from education. This made some of us thought the NDC and its policies were dangerous to the future of young people in Ghana. The bold decision taking by Nana Akufo-Addo to implement this policy in his first year as a president has seen a larger number of Ghanaians enrolling in SHS that has never happen in the history of Ghana. This is no doubt proves how dangerous NDC and their policies are towards the youth of Ghana. In all, out of this 388 campaign promises, the most recent validation exercise as of the end of January 2020 shows Nana Addo and his NPP has delivered 78% (303), up from the 72% (279) reported earlier. Even with this excellent performance, Franklin Cudjo, President of Imani, believes the achievements reported so far are even less than what Nana Addo and his NPP administration have achieved.
This resistance towards the implementation of free SHS may be as a result of Election 2016. NPP won all polling stations in Tertiary campuses in Ghana including Ho Polytechnic. This is an indication the economic knowledge and policies of NDC did not appeal to tertiary students hence their decision to resist the attempt to ensure all Ghanaians of school-going age are in school and for that matter going to SHS for free. After all, the more students enter into the tertiary sector, the lessor the votes NDC will receive in any general elections all things being equal and basing our analysis on election 2016.
As if this was not enough, the NDC and their leadership never believed in the 1D1F policy and made several disparaging comments about the policy and the personality of Nana Addo. This policy happens to be one of its kinds in the West African sub-region to drive the industrialization agenda of the country and to ensure job creation and developmental projects are evenly distributed. As a matter of fact, I must state with authority that, going forward Ghana has no place for small minds. Factories are springing up in every district in the country but with the hiding intention to throw dust in the eyes of Ghanaians through propaganda on the part of NDC, they are still refusing to acknowledge the successful implementation of this policy. Like I said “The factories are not guinea fowls that will fly to Burkina Faso”, they will be there for even the unborn generations to come and see for themselves.
In addition to the above policy is the 1V1D policy which is forming the bases for the Mechanisation of Agriculture in Ghana. This policy has totally transformed the lives of many farmers in the northern part of the country by ensuring a regular supply of water for their livestock and farm products. Excellence is indeed “doing something common in an uncommon way”. This never crossed the minds of the NDC and Mills/Mahama administration throughout the 8years between 2009-2017. It took Nana Addo less than three years to construct numerous dams under this policy. Leadership is about taking action and initiatives not necessarily driving in convoys as we were made to believe by NDC and Mahama administration. We the youth of Ghana have seen the contributions of this policy towards the eradication of poverty in the country as compared to the 1 chief 1 land cruiser policy under John Dramani Mahama.
Closely related to the above policy is Planting for Food and jobs. For decades Ghana has been importing foodstuff from our neighboring countries. Every year, huge sums of money meant for infrastructural development are spent to import various food items from other countries into the country as a means of guaranteeing food supply. Nana Addo believed in order to create wealth to eliminate poverty in the country, this is not the right way to go and on this note came with this policy. Every Ghanaian will attest to the fact that we have seen food in abundance in our markets this year more than any other year since the 1970s. Many Ghanaians believe this is just the beginning of this policy.
Nana Addo in the year 2016 made Ghanaians aware that as for him Education and health are his top priority because he believes this will form the bases towards the achievements of sustainable development goals. Nobody needs to remind Ghanaians about his achievements in Education but one significant achievement in health that has left the doubting Thomases in the country speechless is the fulfilment of One Constituency One Ambulance (1C1A) policy. During the era of NDC under the leadership of John Dramani Mahama, huge sums of taxpayers’ money were used to purchase 30 useless ambulances. As we speak is only God who knows what Ghana health service can use those ambulances for. What surprised many discerning Ghanaians is the decision of NDC to unwisely criticize Nana Addo for commissioning the ambulances. “It is actually true empty talk harms a nation”. Did they even know Ghanaians need useful ambulances? We live that for the good people of Ghana to Judge if Nana Addo did the wrong thing to acquire those useful ambulances and made sure every constituency gets one to save precious lives in the country.
We take this opportunity to congratulate Nana Akufo-Addo for these numerous achievements and working hard to eliminate poverty through numerous social intervention programs that eluded Ghanaians during the era of Mills/ Mahama administration. One Good turn deserves another.
Long live Ghana! Long Live NPP! Long Live Nana Addo!
Moses Antwi, MPhil.
Philip Agyei Peprah, PhD
Poku Gyasi, PhD