Statistically, there have been eight consistent general elctions and each of these two parties have won four of these elections.
All the five presidents under the fourth republic won the elections on campaign messages and slogans.
When they win power, these messages and slogans change to programmes and policies.
There have been several "sloganic policies" as one government takes over from the other and this article explores some of these programmes and policies. In the end, we will conclude the analysis by telling you which of the five presidents is the best in tge history of Ghana's fourth republic.
H.E Flt.Lt. Jerry John Rawlings
He is much credited with the birth of the fourth republic which has lasted close to three decades, the highest in the history of the country.
He returned the country to democratic rule after years of military governance.
He introduced the GET FUND, energy fund and others.
He also brought the Value Added Tax (VAT).
This fund is what is used to sponsor most of government's programmes today.
His contributions towards the development of Ghana are hugely remarkable.
H.E John Agyekum Kufour
The second president of the fourth republic, he introduced several policies including the National Health Insurance scheme,the Free Basic School programme and the Free maternal health programme.
He established the UCC medical school and did other things to support the educational sector.
H.E Professor John Evans Atta Mills
Professor Mills was never in a hurry to introduce his own policies.
He brought on board some policies though, but his major concern was sustaining the policies he came to meet. Most of the policies introduced by President Kufour gained roots during Prof Mills' time.
He never swept any of the pre-existing policies under the carpet.
For example, President Kufour proposed the Single Spine Salary Structure before leaving office, when Prof came to power, he did not cancel it but actually made the payment for the good of Ghanaian workers.
Not many presidents in Africa uphold the policies of their political opponents but this man was able to do it.
He introduced a lot of economic recovery programmes, Ghana attained the highest growing economy in the world during his time.
H.E John Dramani Mahama
John Mahama did a lot for Ghsnaians.
In the field of education, he built several "E-blocks" meant to be community day schools.
He upgraded all ten Polytechnics in the country to Technical Universities.
When it comes to infrastructural development, many Ghanaians rank him above all the four other (former) presidents.
H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo
Under the fourth republic, Nana Addo is the fifth president and has been in office since January 2017 till date.
The "showboy" as he is affectionately called, has done a lot and still has more in store.
He has introduced programmes such as the Free SHS, one-district-one-factory, one -constituency-one ambulance, NABCO, etc.
However, none of these policies is five years old and we pray they will be strong enough to stand the test of time.
So who is/was the BEST among these five presidents.
What Ghana needs is not the introduction of new policies.
We already have enough policies to succeed as a country.
What we need is sustainable development.That is, we need to keep the existing policies running instead of changing them after each election.
Just imagine Mahama's rapid infrastructural development and Nana Addo's Free SHS running for the next twenty years.
Ghana would be like a little paradise if we are able to do this.
On this account we will say Professor Mills was the BEST president. He was not selfish, he did not try to make a name alone by suspending the policies of his predecessor.
May God bless him.
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