President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been talking since his inauguration. The same talking mood he was in since 2008, when he first appeared on the ballot paper to contest for the highest office of the land.
Talking is what got him the presidency, yet he is yet to accept the reality that, he is superintending over 25 million Ghanaians, whose hopes, aspirations, dreams etc, depend on what he achieves in his three years of four years mandate.
Promises are like signpost, they only direct you as to road to travel to your destination. No candidate in the history of this country, had made promises more than president Nana Akufo-Addo.
The president is going around the country behaving like he is in a dream, he needs someone to constantly remind him that, the campaign season is over, Ghanaians have decided on him and it is time to start delivering.
Talking without action is a luxury the nation can ill-afford at this time, because of the enormous challenges that confront its people. There is always a time for campaigning and there is a time for serious action. Nana Akufo-Addo, who had three bites at the cherry, before eventually getting it last year, is perhaps the most experienced candidates of all the presidents, we have had since 1992.
We can forgive past president for ill-preparation, but president Akufo-Addo deserves no sympathy, he has traverse this country more than any Ghanaian, he has heard of their problems, used deplorable raods to reach the people, and on top of it all, he made promises to them.
The president as part of his agenda to interact with the people, has decided that, anytime he is in the country, he will visit one region or two, depending on how long he is staying in his own country.
The visits have been sustained so far, but what is revealing is the constant reminder of the promises he made in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
One promise so far, has been articulated, the nitty gritty yet to be comprehended by Ghanaians. It is the promise of free Senior High School (SHS).
The minister of education, Dr. Mathew OPoku Prempeh, a fortnight ago, organized a press conference to tell Ghanaians about government’s plan to implement the free SHS. After the press conference, parents are still not sure of what to expect, when the new academic calendar begins next month.
Nana Addo, understands power, he has mastered the principles of power and is applying it to hoodwink Ghanaians. Promise and keep promising is one of the principles of power, but those who have abused it lived to regret.
In marketing, I was thought that, it is better to under promise and over deliver than to over promise and under deliver.
President Akufo-Addo, has over promised and is under delivering, as if that is not enough, he is going round the country, and as part of his tour, still promising even the ones he forgot to make in the run up to the 2016 elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo, got so consumed in his own words and promises that, he took that penchant outside of this country, in all his official visits outside Ghana, our able president, went about promising Ghanaians living abroad.
Charity our elders say begins at home. Ghanaians are yet to see any meaningful progress in their lives. Campaigning is over, time is of essence and the earlier the president gets his act together, the better.
The sad fact is that, Ghanaians are suffering despite the many economic indicators that, we are told are beginning to positively shape up.
Mr President, you promised the people of the three Northern regions to build one dam, one village. When is the construction starting, a promise to build a factory in every district was made, a foundation is yet to build to start even one.
The president who is noticeably obsessed with promises, reared its ugly head last week, when he visited the Western and Central regions, he promised the people of the Western region to revive a glass factory and a tire factory, which have been both been abandoned in years past.
These are laudable projects that, should interest every well-meaning Ghanaian, but the problem is that, the president, who has promised Ghanaians heaven on earth, is yet to achieve nay of his promises.
It is impossible that a big country like Ghana will be an echo chamber resonating with promises to the people and yet the only promise fulfilled is the one that, has ensured that the government is full of friends, family and cronies of the president.
Countless times the president, has promised outside the cocktail of promises he made in 2016. I pity his appointees, who are to see to it that, his promises become a reality.
Often times they are not consulted before he goes round making and reechoing promises. The state treasury can only accommodate so much; it is obvious from a lay person that, what the president is promising can never be fulfilled.
Crowds are enough in provoking the president to insanity; his promises are motivated by the crowds, who will soon call on him to deliver
The president needs to do more than just promises; he must drop the act from the paradigm. Ghanaians voted for change and it is about time the change manifest in the lives. enough of the talking and promises.