- Gabby Asare Otchere Darko has stated that President Akufo-Addo is working very hard to fix the challenges facing the country
- That notwithstanding, he urged Ghanaians to put more pressure on the president and his administration to deliver
- He made the call in a Facebook post
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A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, has asked Ghanaians to keep President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his toes.
“By all means, let’s keep him on his toes. But, also let’s support him to deliver for Ghana and Ghanaians,” he stated in a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh.
Some unhappy Ghanaians have in recent times been venting their anger over what they say is the failure on the part of successive administrations to improve the lives of the citizenry through the #FixTheCountry online protest.
Hundreds of thousands of posts have been made on Twitter and other social media platforms highlighting some of the challenges with the Ghanaian economy.
Addressing the concerns of the online protesters in the Facebook post, Otchere Darko disclosed that the Akufo-Addo administration spent more money on the poor, vulnerable and also did a lot to tackle unemployment than any other administration in the history of the country.
He said the administration is working but there is a lot more to be done to “address mass poverty and mass unemployment," and they admit to it and will do more and Ghanaians must push them to do more, but it must be done with memory and expectations in sync.
“If it is that the people expect more from NPP than NDC, then by all means, don’t be shy and say so and let us know that this government is being judged by an entirely different and higher standard,” he added.
Otchere Darko’s post generated series of reactions and YEN.com.gh compiled a few.
Manasseh Azure Awuni said: “NPP has been in office for only 15 years, but how much have you collected in taxes and borrowed in our name? I agree with your earlier submission that we should not give excuses. Can the government tell us how each pesewa borrowed in the name of Covid-19 was spent? #FixGhanaNow”
Edward Tagoe observed: “From a layman's point of view, it seems the effects of COVID-19 are only being felt by the populace and not the government. I was thinking the President would have said due to the effects of COVID-19, I won't appoint deputy Ministers, all government appointees should travel economy class, etc.… It is those little things that will make the populace see and appreciate government's efforts.”
Torgbui Gorni Treve IV added: “Excuses upon excuses, just like yesterday's press briefing by the Finance Minister. Just #fixthecountry and stop talking plenty.”
Lord Adusei stated: “Mr. Gabby your write-up shows that at least the government is aware of, or listening to the complaints of the masses. There is no doubt COVID-19 has impacted negatively on the economy but it can’t be used to cover up all the failures, inactions, and omissions of the government. In my opinion, you failed to address the most pressing issues Ghanaians have complained about including galamsey, dumsor, the worsening sanitation in the cities, poor water delivery in parts of the country, the neglect of Saglemi housing project, excessive borrowing without any plans on how to repay as well as youth unemployment, ECG/PDS, Agyapa.”
In other news on YEN.com.gh, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that the job of the Akufo-Addo administration is to fix problems of the country including rising unemployment among the youth.
“This is what we have been doing since 2017,” he stated in a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh.
Our job is to fix problems; we have been doing that since 2017 - Bawumia tells #FixTheCountry campaigners
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