The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo in November 2016 boldly and emphatically stated that he will change Ghana in 18 months if voted into power.
It’s been more than 18 months since he was given the mandate to rule Ghana and we want to revisit Nana Akufo Addo’s message of hope–and compare it to the reality Ghanaians are living with today.
DailyGuide captured Nana Akufo Addo’s then message with this report:
“I am promising you that within 18 months of a new government of the NPP, under my leadership, the face of our country, Ghana, is going to change. We are going to get out of stagnation and backwardness, and move our country onto the path of progress and prosperity. We can do it. We, the Ghanaian people, have the capacity to change the circumstances of our lives.”
These were the words of the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the Jubilee Park in Tamale, when he addressed a mammoth gathering at the NPP’s Northern Regional Rally.
This ‘new Ghana’, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, will be “a Ghana with opportunities for all, and where everybody is taken care off. We will have a society that is caring and compassionate and expresses solidarity. Nobody is going to be left behind. We are all going to march together, hands linked together, to that great future that beckons us, here in Ghana.”
Having announced a programme of for the rapid industrialization of the Ghanaian economy; ‘1-District-1-Factory’ policy; ‘1-Village-1-Dam’ policy; the diversification of the country’s agriculture; the effective implementation of the Free SHS policy; and the setting up of an Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), where every constituency will receive the cedi equivalent of $1 million a year to tackle developmental issues, Nana Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that these policies, which will be implemented to the latter, will improve the standard of living of the Ghanaian.
Thus, a vote for Akufo-Addo in the December polls, he said, will mean that Ghanaians would have elected a President who will treat all citizens with the utmost respect, and one who will also jealously guard the public purse for the improvement of their livelihoods.
The question is: what happened?