2020 will be about truth and performance, NPP tells NDC Featured

The New Patriotic Party has reminded Ghanaians, especially members of the National Democratic Congress, that the 2020 elections will not be fought on propaganda and lies, but on truth and competence.

The party has also, particularly, reminded the NDC that Election 2020 will, primarily, be fought on economic management because economic fundamentals are important for stability and growth.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, the communications director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, said by diligent management, the NPP government has, in the last three years, turned things around for the better, having inherited one of the poorest economic legacies, since 2000, from the Mahama administration.

He pointed out that most indices today are pointed in the right direction, citing inflation, debt and lending rates.

“Without positive fundamentals, economic activity remains constricted and growth slows. There are no short cuts either. The NPP Government has had to meet stringent performance indices to get Ghana out of the IMF programme. The Government has also taken the unprecedented step of pegging the allowable deficit to 5% of GDP by law.
“For the first time, a government has constrained itself from willfully going into debt, thereby stopping the fourth-year election ritual of overspending in election year. We recall the reckless GHS 600million over expenditure of the NDC prior to the 2012 election, dishing out 4-wheel drives and driving the country into the IMF,” he stressed.

Hope

Assuring Ghanaians of government’s determination to offer hope to its citizens, Mr Yaw Buaben said the “real benefits” of NPP governance will manifest going forward.

Those benefits, he outlined, will include the financial sector clean-up, adding that now that the banking sector is getting stronger, it can support economic activity at a higher level and give impetus to the private sector.

He said the rationalisation of energy sector debts and operational matters have also contributed to the NPP’s success in government, as it progressively resolves outstanding matters on the energy front.

He also noted that, in rolling out the government’s industrialisation agenda, diversification of the economy to create jobs and improve livelihoods is ongoing,

“The 1D1F is not really about how many factories are already running, but a shift in investment mentality and practice from raw material production and sale to value addition with the attendant possibility of higher job creation and higher earnings,” he stressed.

He therefore urged the private sector to take advantage of the enhanced banking sector and explore opportunities in 1D1F, especially with a view to producing for the use of the School Feeding Programme.

Contradiction

He also touched on the NDC’s pledge to review everything which the NPP has set in motion. He said after the former Governor of the Nigerian central bank, Charles Chukuma Soludo, had advised them on the sound state of the economy, the NDC still insists the economy is bad, even though former President John Mahama is desperately seeking to talk the economic success up as his achievement.

Infrastructural deficit

Admitting that Ghana’s infrastructural deficit is significant, especially in roads, he assured the nation that government will discharge its responsibility to streamline investment.

“Admittedly, the general pace has not been as fast as expected, but this is due to change as Government payments to the sector have reached nearly GHS 4 billion, covering old and ongoing contracts.
“We are informed that about 1,730 road contractors who are owed arrears, some dating back 2013, are being settled to enable them to continue working”, he said.

He urged the public to be patient as government puts in place “long term sustainable funding” for the ultimate benefit of citizens.

Good governance

He urged all Ghanaians, who believe in democracy, to take advantage of political reforms in contributing their quota to enhancing good governance in every spectrum of political activity and at every level.

“Bad governance can be perpetuated if the vote is taken for granted.  The Government was delivered by a massive 5.7 million vote. Please, maintain your positive influence on development of the country by voting again and again till your government that you voted for realises the benefits that you deserve. Do not get fed up with the vote because it is a long-term agenda that ultimately determines your quality of life,” he said.

Upcoming referendum

Mr Buaben Asamoa also said the government is sending more development resources to the local level and therefore expects the people to get involved in deciding how those resources will be prioritised and sequenced for their benefit.

He therefore explained the importance of voting “YES” in the upcoming referendum to enable them elect officials of their own choice to man the various local assemblies.

“For example, you will have more say about your roads and infrastructure and its maintenance.  Voting for a leader and or public official gives a voter an emotional bond to that leader, enabling the voter to participate more closely in the activities of the leader voted for. Everybody who voted in the last election feels close to the President and demands action from the President all the time,” he noted.  

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