Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the member of parliament for Akatsi North has said the New Patriotic Party made several ambitious and elaborate promises to the citizens to gain votes, and now they have to stick to their words.
According to him, the new government will face challenges in their efforts to fulfill their promises.
Nortsu-Kotoe was speaking on Class FM, when he said, "the NPP took Ghanaians for granted. They worked on their gullibility by saying, ‘let’s make promises to these people and they can vote for us’. The promises are many, over 30 promises… So once they have been able to convince the people to vote, they must make sure that they fulfill the promises
But how they are going to fulfill those promises is the problem because some of them look overambitious and costly especially with the Free Senior High School. It is very expensive."
During the 2016 election period, the NPP promised the citizenry to implement the free SHS policy once they attained power. They also promised to restore the teachers and nursing trainee allowances, as well as make annual payments of $1 million dollars to every constituency.
On Thursday, March 2, Ken Offori- Atta, the minister of finance read the 2017 budget to parliament which highlighted several projects the government would undertake this year.
The minister also noted a number of tax reforms including the removal of dutis on the import on spare parts as well as abolishment of taxes placed on 'Kayayei' and market women.
However, Nortsu-Kotoe expressed doubts that the budget would aid in solving the challenges facing the country, adding, "there are a number of challenges that they are going to face and when they come to realise they are faced with the stark realities of the situation on the ground, then they will be able to understand the dynamics of governance."