Governance expert bemoans slow pace of development under Akufo-Addo’s second term

Governance expert bemoans slow pace of development under Akufo-Addo’s second term

Local governance expert, Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei, seems perturbed by the unenthusiastic efforts of the President Akufo-Addo-led administration to implement its policies and bring development to mitigate the citizenry from poverty.

“It’s been six months already. Time has quite traveled. Six months from now is a year. After electing a president, statutory he needs to name his appointees. He’s appointed main ministers. They’ve been vetted. He recently appointed deputy ministers going through vetting. Also, he’s appointed some ambassadors. Again, some Boards’ members too. CEOs aren’t part. MMDCEs are the remaining ones. The President has done a little.”

“It’s not that election is over so it’s a fresh start. No, it’s a continuation. Governance is ongoing nothing has halted,” he added.

Speaking on Original TV’s Hot Seat, Sunday, Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei maintained the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has done little to salvage Ghanaians from their financial constraints stating governance is a continuous process, therefore, until there’s a major shift the new transition cannot be blamed for the inability of the government to provide a better livelihood for the citizens.

“We have delayed a little. Between November and December, the Finance Minister presents its budget containing the economic policy for the next year March. We expect that upon the assumption of a new government it makes economic planning. From January to June what’s the revenue? We should determine the revenue. If no income is made or struggling economy how do we govern the country? If we have a reserve we have to spend or borrow,” he told Akosua Asabea Asomaning.

Mr. Kotei ruled out the possibility that the rejection of the 2020 presidential election outcome by John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the opposition NDC and the petition he filed to challenge the election is to be blamed for the slow pace of development.

He instead said politics surrounding the appointment of various persons to occupy the vacant positions in government at the national, regional, and district levels play a major role in the delayed development.


By: Bernard Ralph Adams | | Ghana

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