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STATESMAN OPINION: WE WANT TO SEE MORE ACTION NEXT YEAR

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Ghanaians began the year 2017 with a sigh of relief following the defeat of the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress and the victory of the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party in the December 2016 general elections.

Ghanaians began the year 2017 with a sigh of relief following the defeat of the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress and the victory of the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party in the December 2016 general elections.

 

This mood of the nation was ignited by the fact that majority of discerning and objective-minded Ghanaians have been convinced by the available evidence that the NPP is made up of a group of politicians who are more capable than their counterparts in the NDC when it comes to the management of the affairs of the nation, especially the national economy.

It was therefore not surprising that the swearing in of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the President of the Republic on January 7 rekindled the hope of Ghanaians for a better future, which had been completely shattered by the eight-year maladministration and misrule of the NDC.

Now, having been in charge of the management of the affairs of the country for barely one year, majority of Ghanaians are convinced they made the wisest decision in entrusting their destinies into the hands of the NPP under the presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Indeed, the President and his government have demonstrated to the nation with the policies they are implementing that they are determined to move the country to the next level of its development, where the economy can create the required jobs and wealth to enhance the socio-economic circumstances of the citizenry.

Just like many Ghanaians, we are encouraged by the alacrity with which the president is executing his mandate, seen in the record time he managed to put together his government; the implementation of the major campaign promises, prominent of which is the free secondary education programme;  introduction and passage of major bills by Parliament, among others.

It is also very heart-warming to see the determination of the Akufo-Addo government to ensure prudent use of the country’s resources and, particularly, channeling them into areas that will be in the best collective interest of the nation.

So far, President Nana Akufo-Addo and his government have offered the great deal of hope to the nation:  that all is not lost and that the country could soon return to the path of development and progress, as envisioned by the founding fathers.

Even though we have no doubt about the ability of the president to lead the NPP government to make this dream a reality, we believe more needs to be done in the ensuing years, especially next year, where the people are full of expectation to see concrete evidence of job and wealth creation.

Like majority of Ghanaians who were horrified by the extent of naked corruption that plagued the previous Mahama-led government, we want to see the law courts busy in trying to make people account for their alleged corrupt acts while they were in charge of the public purse.

The fact of the matter is that the people can no longer wait to be told any story any longer about when prosecution of the alleged corrupt officials is going to start.

What is most important to us at the Daily Statesman is to see a real action that will send some of the current appointees home and get them replaced with others who have better knowledge and disposition to help the president executive his mandate.

Happily, there many astute politicians from the NPP stock who have still not found themselves in any position; they may be those who are urgently required to execute the job.

Simply put, we want to see more action next year.