The birth of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration in 2016, a period not long ago, most Ghanaians called a corrupt free and a better future, was accompanied by some measure of the fear of prosecution amongst corrupt politicians and civil and public servants, as president Akufo-Addo, was trumpeted as a principled, strict man of integrity with zero tolerance for corruption.
Ghanaians were hoping for something new and indeed they were promised, but Akufo-Addo, kicked off governance with a complete opposite of what he promised.
First, Akufo-Addo, promised not to run a family and friends government, addressing party supporters at a fundraising event organised by the NPP in Kumasi, Nana Addo, said his wife, Rebecca, would not be in charge of the distribution of contracts in his administration.
“My wife would not be in charge of the distribution of contracts in this country…she would never distribute contracts in the country…,” he said, adding: “I won’t operate a family and friends government in Ghana and I can assure that every person in the country would have his fair share of the national cake.
But what is unfolding before us, since 2016, has been the appointment of one family member or another. All the presidents put together since 1957, when Ghana became an independent state and have been variously accused of favouring their family members in government appointments, will be envious of Akufo-Addo’s records.
The record has opened the flood gate for other members of his government to also ensure that, their sons, were not left out in the family heirloom business, e.g. Osafo Marfo and sons and Mike Oquaye and his son.
For some time now, Ghana, has been plough with corruption and unethical deportment in its political terrain, most commonly amongst politicians, public office holders and bureaucrats since post-independence.
In an effort for a way out, Ghanaians dethroned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in what I called a “Protest vote” in favour of the NPP in the 2016 General Election.
Their expectations were dashed, because we have not made any progress, as far as all the promises made are concerned.
Permit me to take you back to Akufo-Addo’s commitments to Ghanaians, in his bid to win the Presidency of Ghana.
Akufo-Addo promised to keep a lean government, his government has turned out to be the biggest not only in Africa, but the world. The man is achieving many first, albeit negative.
111 ministers, can never e justified anywhere for a small country like Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo, in July 2016, told Ghanaians that ” Government is ‘chopping’ our money ‘nyafu, nyafu’. My government is going to root out corruption and the brazen theft of public resources. Under President Kufuor, without the benefit of oil money, and with the right policies, he was able to pay teacher and nursing training allowances. Today, with the benefit of oil, this government has cancelled these allowances with the excuse that there is no money”.
Mr President, can you explain to Ghanaians, how your administration claims to be fighting corruption, when former Chief Executive Officer of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), Alfred Obeng , sold about 5 million liters of contaminated fuel to some unlicensed companies; Movepiina and Zup Oil, causing the state to lose GH¢7 million is still walking a free man?
In November 2017, Citi News revealed at least over 230 cases of premix fuel diversions that had been cited by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), since January 2017 to October, at a time when fisher-folks were complaining about inaccessibility to premix fuel, subsequently leading to a decline in the nation’s fish stock, as I write this article, not a single person, has been arrested, interdicted or dismissed in connection to the diversion.
A few weeks ago, in a brazen show of power, the boss of Ghana Maritime Authourity (GMA), who has no regard for austerity measures, fixed 11 air-conditioners in his home at a cost of GHc24, 650, 00.
The authourity additionally spent GHc135, 125.00 covering food and drinks from Mr Owusu Luxe hotel.
I cannot itemise all the daily cases of corruption under this administration, if this is not chopping our money nyafu nyafu, then I don’t know what it is.
Mr President sir, a fortnight ago, at the graduation ceremony of the University for Development Studies (UDS), was when I detected, something or someone is giving you sleepless nights.
You said, “I’m sure you have seen and heard some of the presidential aspirants of the leading opposition party taking jabs at my government in order, ostensibly, to prop up their campaign.”
“And whilst at it, they are desperately trying to get me to respond to them.”
“Let me state here and now, for the records that President Akufo-Addo will not respond to presidential aspirants.”
“He will respond to presidential candidates that have been duly elected by their parties.”
“Then, he will engage those who still think Ghanaians have short memories”.
I thought I was sleeping or the sound bite was playing tricks in my ears.
Let me refresh your memory Mr President, even before late president John Evans Atta Mills, could take the oath of office, you had passed a verdict on his government.
President Mills, was called Dr. Do-Little by Akufo-Addo, typical of president Mills, he virtually laughed it off and said he expected a dose of originality from his friend.
Again during his tour of the Eastern region, incensed by what he describes as the NDC’s constant propagation of deceit to make his government unpopular in certain parts of the Eastern region, especially Krobo and its environs, the president refuted claims that his government is working to relocate the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) from Somanya to Bunso.
“What is the purpose of coming back to power to continue the programme of create loot and share. That programme is dead in Ghana, it will not happen again. That is not the programme the people of Ghana are looking for,” the president stated.
Power has a way of intoxicating people, they easily lose their sense of reasoning when they have it, they forget that, the power they wield belongs to the people and they can decide to take it away from them, anytime.
Be that as it may be, I urge Ghanaians to stay clear from any political party or individual like the NPP, who only makes empty promises and commitments with Zero efforts whatsoever to keep such promises, and to further remind Ghanaians that Four years is a long time.
Mr President, remember your promises to Ghanaians, they are the judges, not the NDC, the one who has to be worried about staying in power for long is you and the NPP, and not the NDC staying in opposition for a very long time.