“The promises have not been kept”, private legal practitioner John Ndebugri has observed in his assessment of the three-year-old Akufo-Addo government.
“That is how I will summarise it”, he told Class FM on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 when asked to grade the current government.
In his view, the recent 48 percent grading of the Akufo-Addo government by think tank IMANI Africa, as far as the over 500 campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are concerned.
“I cannot agree” with the IMANI score, the former Zebilla MP said, adding: “I don’t even agree with IMANI”.
“It must be less”, Mr Ndebugri insisted, explaining: “They [IMANI] talk about 500-and-something promises, and the way they approached it is where I think they did some favour to the government because if you take, for example, the introduction of Free Senior High School, they say it has been introduced and they give full marks for that but how about the impact it has had?”
“How about the double-track or whatever, where it has been reported that girls who had gone and stayed at home during the double-track system, a lot of them have become pregnant and, so, their education has to be interrupted?” he wondered.
“The senior high school one is even better but there are others: One District-One Factory, a list was just put out a few days ago that 58 are up and running.
There is a story from Kumasi that one place that was listed as having been completed and employed over 500 workers is bare land. So, if IMANI depended on that 58 figure and gave them 48 marks, it’s misleading, isn’t it?
“So, as far as I’m concerned, it is not even for us as individuals to determine; in 2020, which is not far away, the promises have to be repeated and then during the campaign cycle, people will pose questions. So, we shouldn’t be in a hurry, the real mark, as the President himself said, would be given on 7 December 2020”, Mr Ndebugri noted.