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2020 Manifesto Fiasco: Akufo Addo Cast In The Shadows; Bawumia, Alan And Others Must Face The Heat

It is said that the 2020 manifesto of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) sums up the aspirations for development beyond President Akufo Addo’s tenure. As compared to the 2016 political manifesto, the 2020 version is enhanced with innovative ideas that revise plans for executing what was even proposed while in opposition.

 

It is not strange hearing the President denounce his party promise to build a harbour in the Central Region, as the details of the document were championed by his Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia during the launch. Could we admit this to be misleading on his part as it was with the Ameri Deal which resulted in the firing of then Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyako?

 

It is obvious given the President’s justification of his intention for the Central Region that the term ‘harbour’ as used in the manifesto is a fishing harbour that accompanies the sea defence project being worked on. Interestingly the association of the landing site project with the sea defence project in Cape Coast is highlighted on page 88 of the 2020 manifesto under the section for Infrastructure Development.

 

The subject of controversy has been what specifically, the proposed new harbour entails as mentioned on page 180. President Nana Addo was simply right to mount such a defence to an enquiry about the status of this project. His response gave the Vice President up for questioning as to the basis for which he articulated this promise without the President being aware of it.


Dr Bawumia excited the curiosity of the people in Cape Coast about this promise to build a new harbour there. Unlike all other promises in respect of infrastructure, this new harbour was never given any detail.


It is worthy to note that the blame cannot be shifted on Dr Bawumia alone. There was a manifesto committee chaired by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. Mr Alan Kwodwo Kyerematen; Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh; Mr Ken Offori-Atta; Mrs Elizabeth Ohene; Hajia Alima Mahama; Mr Yofi Grant; Mr Yaw Buaben Asamoa; Mr Kweku Agyeman-Manu and Dr Afriyie Akoto were members of the committee.

 

Was it a clerical error as it happened to the NDC’s Green Book project on the phantom projects? Or it is a master game being played by Dr Bawumia as he hopes to be a president after Akufo Addo?

 

Don’t be surprised to hear the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) launch an interrogation of the manifesto to flag out ‘exaggerations’ or perceived deceptive agenda the NPP used to get into office in the coming weeks.

 

Typically, the fulfilment of manifesto promises has never been perfect for any government. In Ghana, there is no independent institution that evaluates the political manifestoes of ruling governments, and as such public opinion are often in conflict with what the party in power ascribes.

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