The Jinapor brothers John and Abu were fighting in a debate with each another on behalf of their parties NDC and NPP about the President’s speech in the State of Nation Address (SoNa) 2018. They have different views and perspectives about the speech. One thinks that government is working and the other thinks that the initiatives are not fruitful for the people.
John Jinapor’s perspectives on the SoNA Speech 2018
John Jinapor, the Member of Parliament or MP of YapeiKusawao constituency. The constituency is situated in the Northern Part of Ghana. He represented National Democratic Congress (NDC). The interview was done by SelkimAcolatse of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). According to him the speech given by the President Adda was not at all inspiring but a wastage of time for Ghanaians. President used the platform to explain about some of his initiatives which had failed miserably. They are not beneficial for the people of Ghana.
He remarked that the present government is taking the advantages of the works done by the previous government of Ghana. He again questioned why the government is taking the credits of the initiatives and the improvements of the energy sector. He clearly said that the new changes were made under Mr. John Mahama’ government. John was the deputy minister of energy when Mahama’s government was in power.
The senior Jinapor also said that President used the platform to speak about the failed promises which his government made during the election campaigns instead of speaking about the corruption, vigilantism, rising fuel prices, safety and security of the people etc. John also said that the President should understand that the people are not happy as they have to face many problems in the daily life due to fewer opportunities.
Abu Jinapor’s views on the SoNA Speech 2018
Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Deputy Chief of Staff under present government and a member of New Patriotic Party did not agree with the views of his elder brother. According to him, the president talked about what the government inherited from the previous government, the present works of the government and also about the future plans. He stated that the government is successful in improving the economy deficit of 9.6%.
The country was running in crisis but is now improving at 3.6% growth rate within one year. He further stated the government should be appreciated for lowering the inflation rate but job opportunities are slowly developing. As it is not possible to create new jobs when the economy is weak. The recruitment of new employees is complete under security and next will be in Prison and fire services. However, in 2014 John said that they talk about family matters rather than the politics when he met his younger brother Abu.