The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, has called for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to look Ghanaians straight in the eye and tell them which of the transformational promises he made during his election campaign, he is not going to be able to keep.
Franklin Cudjoe said there was absolutely nothing wrong with political leaders promising to do big things, to radically transform the lives of the people – make things better for them, but such election promises, necessarily, required that they would carefully consider the important factor of resource availability – how those big projects were going to be funded. It should not be lost on them that the resources of the country were not limitless.
This comes on the heels of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s public admission that his denial that he never made a promise to construct a harbor in Cape Coast was a mistake.
The President went on to say that they needed to do some rethinking on value for money, considering that there is a harbor in Tarkoradi and another harbor is being developed in Elmina.
Mr. Cudjoe said the President’s apology showed that there had been a reality check.
“I suspect the conversation now will be whether we need to look at the manifesto properly and start saying, look there are certain things we cannot just do because we were not in our element of rationality or proper value for money mindset when we promised them.”
That he went on, was going to help a whole lot, in view, of the fact that, the resources of the West African country were finite – limited.
The IMANI Africa’s Chief Executive Officer said, President Akufo-Addo’s apology, with regards to comments he made about the Cape Coast harbor project, was indicative of his recognition that elections have consequences.
He underlined the need for the political parties to have a team put in place to vet the big projects they have in mind before going public with these projects.
This would help the political parties to do thorough assessment of projects based on their viability and profitability rather than just making dream-beat promises about going to do this and that.
This was the path to travel to make sure that election promises to voters by the political parties became more realistic, things that were indeed doable – things that could be done within the constraints of the country’s financial resources.
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