The December 7, 2020, general elections are in the corner and Ghanaians cannot wait to cast their votes.
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Many people largely depend on the promises by the major political parties – the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to determine who they are voting for.
Prior to the 2016 elections, then NPP presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, made many promises to Ghanaians on what basis he wanted them to vote for him.
Fortunately, he got the nod from the people to lead Ghana for the next four years.
However, it appears Akufo-Addo has not fulfilled all his promises as some of them are yet to be realised.
YEN.com.gh brings you six of Akufo-Addo’s failed promises that may cost him fortunes at the 2020 elections.
1. 1 District 1 Factory (1D1F): The president promised to established a factory each in all 216 districts of Ghana. However, the promise has not been fulfilled in its entirety. A check on the official 1D1F website indicates that just 21% has been achieved. Out of the 232 factories estimated to be opened, just 48 have been in existence and actively being operated.
2. 1 Village 1 Dam (1V1D): A check on the official website of the 1V1D indicates that no substantial dam has been created so far since the promise was made prior to the 2016 election. It is obvious that this would lower the faith people have in Akufo-Addo and his government.
3. Scandals: Akufo-Addo also promised to have some scandals allegedly committed during the Mahama regime when voted for. However, till now, nothing has been heard about that. The president went ahead to employ former Minister for the Interior, Martin Amidu, as Special Prosecutor. However, just a few weeks to the election, Amidu has resigned from his position.
4. Accra as the cleanest city: Akufo-Addo also promised to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa when voted for. But, it is clear that this promised is yet to be fulfilled as parts of Accra, especially the markets, are still engulfed in filth. YEN.com.gh recently published a feature on the degree of dirty in Accra.
5. Nepotism: The president also promised not to encourage family and friends in his government. However, it turned out that he could not fulfill this promise as he has been accused of putting his close family relatives, and friends in key positions. One of them was Gloria Akufo, who was the Attorney General and Minister for Justice.
6. Fight against corruption: The president also promised to fight corruption and discourage it in any form if he should be voted for. Since coming into power, his government has been rocked by some corrupt deals.
For instance, in 2018, the president was indicted in a “Cash for seat” saga in which some people were said to have paid a large sum of money to sit by the president at an event. There was also a GHC800,000 website scandal rocked Akufo-Addo.
That amount was said to have been spent on a website to showcase the government’s special initiatives. After this was discovered, the representatives from the government claimed that GHC80,000 was spent.
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