A former Deputy Minister for Power, John Jinapor says the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has “failed abysmally” in delivering its campaign promises.
He says the party’s manifesto promises in the run-up to both the 2016 and 2020 general elections have not been realised.
The comments by the Yapei-Kusawgu Member of Parliament come on the heels of Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s release of a list of 70 issues the Akufo-Addo led-government has addressed since assuming office, following public outcry over the economic situation in the country.
“This year alone, the government has introduced nine different taxes and yet it talks about reducing taxes. Fuel prices have gone up by more than 30 percent since January and in that document, they claim fuel prices have been the lowest? The party has failed. If you want to see the epitome of failure, just look at the Zongo Development Fund. They talk about 1D1F, but they haven’t been able to do at least 10 percent of it in four years, Mr Jinapor said on Eyewitness News on Thursday night.
John Jinapor further argued that “this is a government that promised to make Accra the cleanest city. This is a monumental and abysmal failure, and yet he has the audacity to talk about infrastructural development in the health sector. This government has not even constructed one hospital in the whole four years and yet the Vice President has the audacity to release this list.”
The legislator further said the government should channel its energy into improving the lives of Ghanaians rather than claiming non-existent successes.
“Beyond the economic theories that Dr. Bawumia has been talking about, he has completely lost it. He is simply out of touch. He should get out of the comfort of his office and go out on the streets and monitor the pulse of the nation. He is hitting his chest [and saying] that Ghana’s problems have been solved and done in an unprecedented manner.”
“Things are difficult in this country and I think that the earlier Dr. Bawumia wakes up from his slumber and begins to act, the better. This hooting of horns, blowing of trumpets, and writing down those 70 achievements that are non-existent is a fallacy of hasty conclusion. What he is saying is far-fetched and different from what is on the ground,” John Jinapor criticized.