18.02.2024 Feature Article

NPP, Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia have been a disaster

NPP, Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia have been a disaster
18.02.2024 LISTEN

The attitude of this ‘trilogy’ in government now, namely the NPP, Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia has been quite upsetting and turned out to be a disaster! Here is why.

The NPP Party since 2008 packaged President Akufo-Addo as a game changer to overturn Ghana’s developmental bottlenecks.

After utter rejection of the then candidacy of Akufo-Addo twice, there was a mounted effort by the NPP to present President Akufo-Addo as incorruptible, ‘public purse watcher’ and supported by the ‘Economic Strategist’, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to form a ‘solid’ Presidential team.

The demonization of the Mahama-led regime by the NPP members including the media then made the ticket of the NPP Presidential candidate attractively sexy to the majority of Ghanaian Voters, which was not surprising to witness Akufo-Addo become the 5th President of the Fourth Republic.

Regrettably for almost the past 8 years, the governing NPP regime led by President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia has been a disaster.

The NPP Party must take the fall in the upcoming 2024 general elections for the poor delivery of their mouthwatering promises to gain political power eight years ago. This NPP Party is obviously not the Party in this Fourth Republic that can ‘break the eight’ because the Party has failed the people of Ghana. For purposes of illustration, the NPP Party has taken delight in building a few toilets in place of the $1 million per constituency and Ghanaians should not give this Party any dog chance at all in the upcoming general elections.

Due to the bad governance of this Akufo-led regime, the current economic indicators such as inflation rate, interbank rate, exchange rate and national debt are nothing to write home about despite the presence of the ‘Economic Strategist’ and the touted ‘solid’ Economic Management Team (EMT) team. For instance, President Akufo-Addo claimed in Opposition that Ghanaians were sitting on money, and yet we were hungry then because of mismanagement of the economy by his predecessor, President Mahama. What has happened now to that amount of money sitting somewhere in Ghana and people are still undergoing excruciating economic hardship under President Akufo-Addo?

The so-called solid EMT team led by Dr. Bawumia has produced a lot of biting taxes including E-levy, emission taxes, etc. which the EMT Chairman is now distancing himself from them and claimed to be his own man now. Dr. Bawumia, the Flagbearer of the NPP Party is trying extremely hard to be a viable contender in the 2024 general elections, but this is an uphill task for him due to his credibility crisis emanating from his conflicting utterances before becoming the Vice President in 2017.

On the economic, social, and environmental fronts, this governing NPP government led by President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia has badly performed. For instance, corruption scandals, economic hardships, life-threatening High-Tech Galamsey (HTG) operations, etc. have worsened under this Akufo-Addo-Bawumia-led regime.

Considering the disappointing performance of this governing NPP Party, Ghanaians should not renew the mandate given them in 2016 and 2020 general elections. Ghana urgently needs former President Mahama and the NDC Party back to reset and revamp the dire economic, social, and environmental conditions of the country. It is our ultimate duty as citizens but not spectators to make the change in government we badly need come December 7, 2024.