President Akufo-Addo won the 2016 general election on the back of several promises he made to Ghanaians including the restoration of teacher and nursing trainee allowances, rebuilding of a stable and robust economy, repayment of DKM victims money, free education and restructuring of the NHIS, raising the hopes of Ghanaians for massive progress and development of the country.
But after only six weeks in power, former Communications Minister in the Mahama administration that lost the 2016 election to NPP explains that the good will from Ghanaians that Akufo-Addo enjoyed and rode on to victory has vanished.
According to Omane Boamah, Akufo-Addo has failed so far to align his words with the necessary actions.
Making reference to a section of Ghanaians who were to benefit from particular promises, Omane Boamah indicated that they had lost hope in the government’s ability to live up to their promises.
“They talk about good will of the Ghanaian people. It worked for them during the election because they went about on the lofty promises knowing very well what they knew about the economy they were going to give excuses. There’s no point arguing with the electorate agreed with them and gave them the mandate”
“…that person in the Brong Ahafo Region, that person in the Upper West Region, that person who is a victim of the DKM scandal, that person who is a victim of the ‘God is love’ scandal whose promise has not being paid, who voted for the NPP because of the lofty promise that the money was going to be paid has lost hope because that person does not see practice been aligned with the promise 6 weeks after the Akufo-Addo administration started working”.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated his government’s commitment to delivering on the promises they made to Ghanaians ahead of the 2016 elections when he appeared before parliament on 21st February 2017 to present his maiden SONA.
Omane Boamah expressed these sentiments in his reaction to the content of the President’s maiden SONA on Alhaji and Alhaji show on Radio Gold.