It has been a year and some months since the NPP administration was sworn into office. President Akufo-Addo swore his oath of allegiance at the inauguration ceremony on January 7, 2017.
The success of the NPP administration was largely based on the ambitious and mouth-watering campaign promises the then-presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo churned to millions of supporters and voters.
Just when the NPP administration chalked hundred days in office, the vice president came before Ghanaians and spelled out what he believed to be the 100 achievements of his administration in just a hundred days.
But it's been a year and some few months since the government took office and all too soon, some issues and concerns by most across the country - from joblessness to national security.
We go back to dig out some of the manifesto promises made by the NPP assessing whether or not the party has made great strides.
1. NPP will issue National ID cards in the first year.
President Akufo-Addo launched the National ID program in September 2017. Beyond the launch, there was supposed to be a massive registration exercise, which will see the Central, Western and Eastern regions. But to date, the mass registration of the program has failed to turn up.
2. Allocation of $1 million annually to all constituencies
This was one of government's promise in the NPP manifesto. The whole of 2017, we kept hearing the assurance and high hope for this fund getting to constituencies for rapid development. But things changed when the evaluation minister clarified the campaign promise was not possible to achieve in a year.
“….This is obvious. For example, we are in August [and] the one million dollars per constituency programme, it is only five months to the end of the year so it cannot be fully implemented. But it will definitely start in earnest,” he revealed on Starr FM.
3. Development of interconnected roads, railways, ports, and harbors (RRHPs) systems.
Almost all roads in Ghana are not interconnected. With the widespread cases of accidents and sheer dust on untarred roads, it remains quite clear that these signs are not being adhered to.
4. Water For All Programme
This campaign promise was to ensure that every Ghanaian has access to potable water. This campaign promise has not been achieved even after a year since the government made these pledges to the people of the country.
5. Quality, Affordable Housing
It's been almost a year and few months since this campaign promise was made and one can say there is still more to be done to making it a reality. As it stands not, Ghana's housing deficit as at 2015 stands at 1.7 million households. The issue of affordability also becomes an issue when landlords and ladies charge more than a year as rent allowance.
6. Kindergarten places for all four-year-old children in the country.
Day in and day out, there have been shocking reports on how school pupils have to lay on their bellies from the first day at school to when classes end. YEN.com.gh has also told chilling report on how these young children study under trees and also in various uncompleted buildings.
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