…Ghanaians Disappointed, Says Avedzi
Dr. James Avedzi, the Deputy Minority Leader of Parliament, has mocked the Nana Akufo-Addo led government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), describing it as a struggling “elephantized” government.
According to him, the NPP government has failed miserably within its first 100 days in power as all the promises made before the elections had not been fulfilled.
Speaking to The Republic in an exclusive interview, Dr. Avedzi said the Akufo-Addo government has nothing to boast of in terms of achievement within its 100 days, asserting that “it’s a total failure, disappointment and lawlessness.”
On the economic front, the Deputy Minority leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu North in the Volta Region, said the NPP has rather come to worsen the plight of the Ghanaians as against the “Heaven on Earth” promises they made prior to the general elections in 2016.
For him, within the 100 days, the government has gone for US$2billion Eurobond, and therefore raising the public debt higher than they came to meet.
Beside the Eurobond, he said, prices of goods, especially consumable goods, have shot up, the cedi fallen to the dollar at an exchange rate from GHC3.70 p to GHC4.35p to a dollar , therefore killing businesses and making life unbearable for the ordinary Ghanaian.
He told the paper, it was expected that the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who on countless times claimed to have solutions to the economy while in opposition would have released his so-called “magic economics” to salvage the situation, but, as it stands now, the nation is geared toward the worse than ever.
The former Chairman of Finance Committee of Parliament pointed out that the policies that the government sought to implement with the capping of statutory funds, including GETFund, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Fund, Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and Districts Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), are all an indication of a struggling government without hope for the citizens.
He said the reduction of corporate tax, abolishing of spare parts import tax, among other premature decision policies, would come back to haunt the government, as there were no clear guidelines and processes, especially the spare parts, which is an ECOWAS policy.
The Ketu North legislator further argued that, in abolishing spare parts tax, the government has a lot of questions to answer regarding the beneficiaries of such policies, stating, “there is no clear policies as to who are direct beneficiaries when the tax is abolished, what defines spare part? Will they be the new spare part or old ones, we need answers.”
Dr. Avedzi pointed out that the Nana Addo government has succeeded in hoodwinking Ghanaians, especially contractors and customers of DKM Financial Services, who fell victim to fraud perpetrated by the management of the company.
He said, the government promised to pay debts owed to contractors, as well as DKM victims, within its 100 days, but that could not be said as at today as contractors and DKM victims remained unpaid.
“Before the NPP came into power, we were made to understand that when they come, things will change better than before, they used to say our light bills are more than our rent, they will pay DKM victims and contractors within 100 days, but, as we speak, no single contractor has been paid, the DKM victims are still waiting and don’t know when they will be paid as promised,” he stated.
In his view, the whopping number of 110 ministers and their deputies would not add anything good to the economy, but rather strip off the national purse of tax payers at the expense of infrastructure development for the country.
He noted that, contrary to the promise of reducing fuel price, electricity bills and other utilities, the government has failed and rather reduced or abolished air transport levies which are for the rich, while lorry fares which are the poor people’s means of transport increased to 15 per cent.
Touching on the activities of Invincible and Delta forces, the Deputy Minority leader said, what the NPP government could be remembered for within its 100 days in power is the current state of lawlessness and insecurity in the country.
“What Ghanaians can say for the government of the day in its 100 days, is the state of lawlessness, insecurity, attacks on state institutions, sacking and dismissal of over 525 National Security officers, sacking of 205 National Service personnel, terminating over 226 police recruits, under training, dismissal of chief executives of state enterprises and agencies, looting of state offices and toll booths,” he said.
He stated that, the activities of the Delta Force, the Invincible Forces and all other lawlessness ongoing in the country are all warning signs of a failed government that could not deliver to the people on its promises.
For him, the President assuring to deal with the Delta Force and the Invincible Forces was too late and mere rhetoric, as vigilante groups are said to be known ardent members of the NPP and operate to the benefit of the party.
Dr. Avedzi pointed out that, other incidents of negativity that the government failed to address are the mysterious suicide deaths, fire outbreaks, 19 students drowned to death at the Kintampo Waterfalls and the sporadic attack and seizure of vehicles from previous government appointees.
Dr. Avedzi asserted that, the NPP were overwhelmed with the victory at the general elections and therefore lacked the confidence and focus on what to do as a government, stating, “a good performance of government is not about the size, but rather the quality and competence.”
He argued that, the 110 ministers would not add anything significant to the economy if the right policies are not implemented, noting that it would rather deplete the taxpayers’ money with nothing good to show off.
“Frankly, I think the government has lost focus, they do not know what they are doing. I think they are overwhelmed with the victory, they did not anticipate it, so they are confused. For 100 days in government, they have nothing to show off; in fact, the government has failed totally and if you ask that I give the government marks, they score below pass marks, I will give 49 %, which means they failed,” Dr. Avedzi, mocked.
The Deputy Minority leader assured that, the minority side of parliament would do its work by putting the government on its toes, ensuring that every transaction, be it national or international, there is value for money and the beneficiaries are no other persons or body than the people of Ghana.
The Minority MPs, he said, are determined to support but would work in such a way that when Ghanaians look back and see the work that the National Democratic Congress performed before leaving power it would be the obvious choice party for Ghanaians in the next elections.
Dr. Avedzi added that, the Minority would do everything within its parliamentary powers to fight for the people and for the nation and, as well, work to place the NDC at a position as best alternative government in the country.
Source: Therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba