• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

3 ambitious promises by NPP govt that have not been fulfilled

Promises and promises are similar to politicians, and voters receive a slew of them from all levels of government, particularly during election years.

With a few examples to back it up, the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government has demonstrated that it would sometimes listen to ordinary residents’ problems and work with them, but the problem is that it does not always follow through on its promises.

We look at some of the timeline promises made by this administration that have yet to be fulfilled.

By 2020, every resident will have access to smart devices:

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, revealed a government initiative to ensure that all citizens have access to a smart device.

“I’m working with the finance minister to ensure that, by 2020, all individuals in our country, including those in rural areas, have access to a smartphone.” Those devices should be able to be manufactured and assembled locally.

“As a result, I’m using this medium to ask anyone who is interested in collaborating with the government to come.” We can set up computer and device assembly plants in this country using the one district, one factory facility, which will supply not only our country, but the entire sub-region as well. “Right there is an opportunity,” she added.

She spoke at the launch of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) cyber-laboratory project, which included the donation of roughly 200 computers to schools in the Ablekuma West constituency.

She explained that this was part of the government’s effort to create a digital economy and make ICT teaching and learning easier.

Despite the fact that the pledge was made two years ago, the sector minister has made no additional comments on the government’s initiative.

Loans for young people to pay their rent:

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) made a number of promises to Ghanaians in the run-up to the 2020 General Elections, as it sought another four-year term in office for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Among the many promises made in the party’s 2020 platform, the National Rental Assistance Scheme promised to provide loans to the youth to help them pay their rent.

The government, according to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has identified a market failure between what tenants want and what landlords also desire.

Dr. Bawumia said the National Rental Assistance Scheme will be given a seed money of GH100 million to set up to advance loans to applicants, but paid directly to landlords to meet rent advance payments, as a solution to the long-standing issue.

“If you have a job and we can take money from your paycheck on a regular basis, the National Rental Assistance Scheme will grant you a loan to cover your rent allowance.”

“However, we are paying this to the landlord, and then we will deduct monthly as usual,” he explained.

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced this while speaking to invited members of the party at the UCC’s New Examinations Centre (NEC) Hall.

However, from December 2020, the cost of rent in Ghana has increased, making it more expensive for the average Ghanaian.

Some workers in Ghana’s capital, Accra, have been forced to rent homes far distant from their workplaces, putting them under daily traffic stress and reducing productivity.

Accra will be Africa’s cleanest city:

President Nana Akufo-Addo claimed in 2017 that by the end of his first term, Accra would be the cleanest city in Africa.

“The pledge we are making, and the commitment I want you all to make with me, is that Accra will be the cleanest city in Africa by the end of our four-year term,” he added.

The President made the commitment after being installed as a chief by the people of Jamestown and the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council under the title of Nii Kwaku Abladey Okudzeaman I, which means “Royal Warrior who champions the welfare of his people.”

That promise has yet to be realized in the second year of the president’s second term.

While Accra is not the cleanest metropolis on the continent at the moment, the efforts of Greater Accra Region Minister Henry Quartey in restoring order in the city should not be underestimated.

His ‘Let’s Make Greater Accra Work’ initiative has ensured that pedestrians using Madina use the footbridges that have been built there, clearing the onion market at Agbogbloshie, and guaranteeing that tricycles no longer ply major highways and streets in the capital, among other things.

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