On December 7, 2016, just over six million Ghanaians voted for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to become the fifth president since the introduction of multi-party democracy in 1992.
The impact of that election, has reversed the fortunes of the country and made Ghana one of the worst performing not only in Africa, but the world in just six years of Akufo-Addo’s tenure as president.
Central to that election was the issue of depreciation of the local currency; the cedi, which has led to the rising cost of living.
On Sunday, October 30, the president once again came into our homes when he addressed the nation, as he used to do during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ghanaians were hopeful of hearing the president outline pragmatic measures his government has put in place to ameliorate their problems, which keeps compounding every day.
What is more, times are really hard, and many families today find it difficult to feed, not to mention the issue of having a balanced diet, so the decision by the president to address them, was a welcome one.
But as he has done since 2017, the president was all talk and no real and concrete action. Ghanaians were expecting him to announce radical and practical solutions by first of all announcing the reduction of his elephant size government.
Secondly, tell Ghanaians what he is doing to end corruption among highly placed officials to serve as deterrent to others.
Thirdly, announce the ban on the importation of some useless items that can be sourced locally that we use scarce dollars to import.
And finally, introduce incentives and support schemes to farmers to enable them produce enough food for local consumption and export.
Instead the president came to say nothing and we have started the week the same way we ended the last one.
As a newspaper, we share the sentiments of many Ghanaians, that the prosperity promised by Nana Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party [NPP] has, however, not materialized, even after six years in office.