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AKUFO-ADDO SCORES HIGH APPROVAL RATING

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A research conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has disclosed that majority of Ghanaians are satisfied with performance of the Akufo-Addo led administration’s first year in office.

A research conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has disclosed that majority of Ghanaians are satisfied with performance of the Akufo-Addo led administration’s first year in office.

 

According to the research, the government’s Free Senior High School policy received the highest ratings followed by the fight against illegal mining, the restoration of teachers and nurses’ trainees allowance among others.

“We can see that once government is working and getting things done citizens also appreciate. But of all these… the most popularly policy has to do with the Free Senior High School,” Bossman Asare, Head Political Science Department of the University stated.

“Many voters indicated that they thought it was a very good thing and really identified with it,” he added.

With regards to the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Asare said although the scheme had not been effective as it used to be after it was established by former President Kufuor, “we heard the voters making very clear that they thought that it has seen some revival.”

“The government’s popularity is almost 62.1 percent [and] what this actually means that the government’s popularity is ok but can be better than that. So this should tell you that maybe there are still some issues Ghanaians want the government should address.

According to the research, should elections be held today, 52.7 per cent of Ghanaians indicated that they would vote for the NPP while 33.1 per cent said their votes would go for the NDC.

5000 respondents from 250 electoral areas and 50 constituencies from the 10 regions participated in the survey.

The respondents were of the view that policy implementation by government has been satisfactory. Majority of the respondents were of the view that government has also demonstrated its capacity to deal with some of the challenges confronting the NPP administration led by President Nana Akufo-Addo. They however expressed reservations on issues concerning unemployment and others.

64.5 per cent of the respondents were in favour of the implementation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor even though there were reservations about the individual who will occupy the position and his or her neutrality.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid said the Akufo-Addo-led administration has performed creditably.

Speaking in a radio interview yesterday, Mr Hamid noted the NPP while in opposition made campaign promises and has delivered to the satisfaction of Ghanaians in general.

“We’ve been faithful to our manifesto promises and I’m proud,” Mr. Hamid said.

According to him, the first year out of four of Akufo-Addo’s first term was used to lay the right foundation for a grand take off in 2018.

“We’ve done the reconstruction very well. It was a year of rebuilding our foundation. Many Ghanaians appreciate what we have done and we have made certain interventions which are touching lives,” the Information Minister stated.

He cited government’s flagship Free SHS education programme, the fight against galamsey and the school feeding programme among others as examples to buttress the achievements of the one year-old government.

“We have brought relief to many people with the Free SHS policy. We have cleared about Gh¢1.2bn of NHIS debt and school feeding caterers have been paid, and monies that were owed soldiers over $17m in peacekeeping matters have been cleared, we have retooled the Ghana Police Service if you like, and these are all issues that touched on the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian,” Mr Hamid stressed.