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‘5 years is enough for any honest leader to fix Ghana’ – Journalist tells Akufo-Addo

Host of Class FM’s Breakfast Show and convener for the #FixGhanaNow, Kofi Oppong Asamoah has hit hard at President Nana Akufo-Addo, saying Ghana’s are losing trust in his capabilities to fix the mess in the country five years on after he was voted for to steer the affairs of the country.

He indicated Ghanaians voted against former president John Mahama in the 2016 elections because Akufo-Addo’s promises were breathtaking and gave Ghanaians hope of seeing a different Ghana where systems were going to work for the benefit of the average Ghanaians until his four year mandate ended without results.

Speaking on XYZ Tonight on TV XYZ about the recent social media campaign he had started in April to get the Government to work in the interest of Ghanaians, Oppong Asamoah was quick to add that ever since the New patriotic Party (NPP) took over in 2017, Akufo-Addo has not shown commitment to fulfilling his promises.

 

He benoaned the erratic power and water supply, corruption, impunity, the failure of state institutions to fix the mess they claimed they met upon assumption of power among other things.

Despite saying in the 2016 NPP manifesto that “Infrastructure development under the Mahama-led NDC government has been characterised by massive corruption through contract overpricing, opaque and shady contracting processes, and gross abuse of the sole sourcing”, Oppong Asamoah noted that the government’s claim of embarking on massive infrastructural drive across the country could not be felt in the education and health sector.

President Nana Akufo-Addo addressing the gathering at the Accra International Conference Centre over illegal mining

“Is the Afari Military Hospital in the Ashanti Region which was set to be opened in 2017 opened now? so what happened to it? If not for the placard someone held to protest close to the President’s wife at a programme, we would have left the University of Ghana Medical Centre to rot,” Oppng Asamoah lamented the abandoning of projects initiated by the previous government.

In 2016, the NPP promised in their manifesto to “support the enhancement of the ecotourism industry…and comprehensively protect our water catchment areas,through the Clean Rivers Programme (CRP)”

However, the jourmalist said nothing was done to save the river bodies from the hands of illegal smal scale miners despite a huge amount that was pushed to fight the canker popularly known as galamsey.

“There is no electricity and water for Ghanaians because galamsey has taken over our water bodies…we were hear when a video came out depicting how top men in NPP were planning to take over forests to mine because their party needs money,” he told host Prince Minkah.

“We’ve given you ample time. 5 years is enough for you to change the fortunes of the coountry,” he said whilst insisting that his social media campaign was motivated by the numerous lawlessness in the Akufo-Addo government and how it had had negative effects on the people who voted for him to spite John Mahama and the NDC.

Asked if Ghanaians are not expecting so much from the government, Oppong Asamoah stated, “First of all who set the expectations? He set them…Itss him [Akufo-Addo] that said there was money in this country and that the country’s problem was bad leadership so what changed when we voted for him? Was I the one who made the promises for him?”

He continued, “Ghanaians vioted Mahama out bevause they thought he was not doing well” and quizzed “Should we give you 100 years to fix the so called mess of Mahama?”

Pressure on Government

Meanwhile pressure is mounting on the Government as some over 50, 000 Ghanaian social media users have poured out their frustrations over the lack of Akufo-Addo’s administration to secure Ghanaians jobs and reduce fuel prices.

The protesters who have made over 250,000 tweets on twitter since Saturday have vowed to hit the streets to vent their spleen despite a court order secured by the Greater Accra Regional Police Command to stop the march, citing the protest can escalate the country’s COVID-19 cases.

The campaign dubbed #FixTheCountry has forced Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumiah to assure Ghanaians that they started fixing Ghana ever since they assumed power, raising controversies on social media regarding the data he quoted.

The development has resulted in a security expert warning the government of chaos that may break soon.

Asking the Government to deal with the issues raised by the youth, Executive Director of the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security, David Agbee said the government’s inability to address pressing issues confronting the #FixTheCountry protesters who are demanding accountability can plunge the country into chaos.

David Agbee is a security analyst

Mr Agbee believes the turn of events after the 2020 elections has pushed the citizenry to call on the country’s leadership, whose duty is to fix the challenges confronting the people, to act in order to find lasting solutions to the problems.

Corroborating the many challenges in the various sectors of the economy such as unemployment among the youth, lack of better roads, inadequate health facilities, and soaring fuel prices and the  impsoition of more taxes on Ghanaians in the wake of the  COVID-19 pandemic, the security expert observed that majority of Ghanaians are already boiling within and can trigger excessive danger.

To him the government’s failure to admit failure as pressure keeps piling up would have serious repercussions on the country’s security.

“A country where government has borrowed over 170 billion and can’t point to a any tangible thing like hospital, schools or good roads will surely anger the people to seek accountability,” he lamented on Morning Update on TV XYZ.

 

By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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