A political science analyst and lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Mr. Jonathan Asante Otchere has chided the leadership of the NPP to be more concerned about the hardship in the country than channeling resources to needless slogans.
The lecturer observed Ghanaians do not have purchasing power in recent times because of the incessant fuel price hikes has triggered inflation to an all time high.
The country’s public debt has been rising beyond sustainable levels. The debt as at March 2022, had exceeded 80 per cent, according to the Bank of Ghana.
The public debt has also increased to 80.1 per cent of GDP.
To this end, the Analyst urged that it was not the time for the leadership of the NPP to applaud themselves and coin slogans that suggest they will govern beyond the 8 years provided by the constitution.
“Sometimes its a bit annoying and insulting when politicians speak the way they speak,” Mr Otchere stated on Dwaboase on TV XYZ as he bemoaned the failure of the Akufo-Addo government to show commitment to tackling the economic challenges.
“The Gino rice that I used to buy some months for 32 cedis has risen to 85 cedis…Fuel consumption is now taking about 40 per cent of our take home salaries,” he said.
Delivering a speech at a gathering at the UPSA to mark the NPP’s 30 years anniversary, President Akufo-Addo urged the party to help him achieve his “last great political feat” of his career in Ghanaian politics by handing over to an NPP government in 2025.
Despite an economic nosedive that has forced the government to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the NPP has held on to its coined phrase “Breaking the 8′ and rallying support from all party members and fanatics to help the party achieve its dream.
Mr Otchere said the government was better of telling Ghanaians how it is going to revamp the economy in the next 6 months, seal the leakages in the economy and cut wastage than engaging in sloganeering.
He said the recent researches being published by CDD and other institutions show how corruption is thriving under Akufo-Addo and Ghanaians losing interest in the government.
“The research does not put the government in any good light,” he added and mentioned escalating unemployment as one of the reasons the government has failed the people.
But the Dean of Graduates Studies at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Professor Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, who was a panel member on the programme argued that the the ruling New patriotic Party (NPP) looked committed to governing the country beyond the usual 8 year cycle.
He said the NPP was not only trumpeting the slogan that suggests a they want to stay in power beyond 8 years but working towards achieving that feat.
Prof Mawutor sees the NPP to be more united towards achieving the dream at all cost, saying “It is virtually on the lips of all of their activists. I watched them yesterday and when you see how united they are, you realise they have an agenda to pursue it.”
“Irrespective of where you find yourself, you always have to pursue your vision. And I think that is what I see in the NPP. They are bent on doing something that has never been done under the Fourth Republic — breaking the 8 (year jinx),” he told host Prince Minkah.