- Akufo-Addo government commended on impressive performance in first 100 days by IMANI Ghana
- Vice president of IMANI believes the administration is treading the right path to fulfilling its promises
- He urges government to look beyond election promises and solve other challenges as well
Kofi Bentil, the vice president of IMANI Ghana, has commended President Akufo-Addo on his first 100 days in office, saying that the new government is on the right track.
In a report by Starrfmonline.com, Mr Bentil noted that despite the challenges that have faced the government in its early weeks in power, the Akufo-Addo administration has been impressive in terms of the challenges they have managed to face.
Speaking in interview with GHOne TV on Tuesday, Mr Bentil said, "Our view is that generally speaking, the government is on track. There are a number of things that we would have expected would have more effects, for instance reducing the cost of energy for the average person. But it is our view that, generally speaking, the government is on track.
There are certain things that have happened, for instance, security breaches which I think are important. But we must take them in context, we should not think that because of that particular occurrence the whole security system is in shambles. We think that if the government continues in this fashion, it is likely that it will achieve most of its promises."
He added that the first 100 days are just enough to give a sense of the direction of the government. To him, based on what the think tank has observed so far, if the government were to follow this same path, they would likely fulfill most of their promises.
Mr Bentil further urged the president and his government to not just try to fulfill their election promises, but to focus on other important matters that affect the state, such as the issue of security.
"We have had to question them about it, but we think that the approach that they are using is a good approach, to start small and then grow it for some time before it is complete. But in the mean time they must also take a hard look at the junior levels especially. Even though it may not be in their promise we think it is a very important thing that they must do," he said.
Meanwhile, the Minority caucus in parliament held a press conference on Tuesday, to debunk the government's list achievements in its first 100 days.
According to them, the Akufo-Addo administration has been wasteful and its first few weeks in power have been an 'abysmal failure.'
The Minority further stated that the government's decisions in their early days is likely to affect the tax-paying citizens and burden the state purse, rather than protect it.