Nigerian politician hails ‘damn competent’ Akufo-Addo appointees Featured

By Isabella Agyakwa & Kwasi Frimpong November 08, 2019 2106 238 comments

A Nigerian politician, Sonny Iroche, has lauded the impressive performance of appointees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, saying they have succeeded in placing the Ghanaian economy on the right path of progress.

In his view, the Ghanaian economy, under Preside Akufo-Addo, has been “lifted and positioned” in such a way that it has become a beacon not only in the West African sub-region but also the entire African continent.

Mr Iroche made the comment in apparent reaction to the opposition NDC’s “family and friends government” claim against the President.

“I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the above report of the appointments of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s relatives to the various government positions, as alleged by this post (it’s not an impossible social media mischief),” Mr Iroche said in a social media post.

He added, “Assuming the report is authentic, then these appointees must be doing something right and damn competent and delivering positive human development results for Ghana.”

NDC nepotism claim

This appears to rubbish the claim of nepotism within the Akufo-Addo government by the leadership and communicators of the main opposition party.

The NDC at a press conference on Tuesday presented names of persons it says are relatives and cronies within the Akufo-Addo government, accusing the government of nepotism.

The national communications officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, listed 51 names of supposed relatives and cronies, which he claimed points to “classic and unprecedented” nepotism within the Akufo-Addo government.

Success story

But the Nigerian politician says, granted the claim by the NDC is true, then the President must be applauded for getting the right friends and relatives to be doing a good job for the country.

“Ghana is working and if it is as a result of the diligence, competence and dedication of the alleged appointments of the so-called Akufo-Addo’s relatives into these positions, then that must be part of the secret of the success of Ghana - placing a premium on meritocracy over mediocrity,” he stated.

Mr Iroche acknowledged that Ghana is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, adding “its leading economic indicators are all upwards and positive.”

“Most international companies are now relocating from Nigeria to Ghana. Ghana has relatively stable, efficient and reliable electricity supply 24/7.”

“Accra has been nominated as the hub of international airlines in the sub region,” he added.

Emulate Ghana

Mr Sony Iroche believes the economic strides attained in Ghana are worth emulating, including development in the education sector, citing challenges in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

“Nigerian students are drifting in droves to Ghanaian Universities and tertiary institutions, where they are guaranteed quality education, no academic and non-academic staff strikes and all the vices that typify some Nigerian universities,” he said.

He said what is happening in Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, is “a good lesson for the sleeping clay footed ‘giant’ of Africa”, referring to his own country Nigeria.  

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