President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, yesterday tickled himself and laughed before the whole nation at a press engagement that he had hosted at the Flagstaff House in Accra, after he was caught flatfooted lying about job creation.
Before a cherry-pick of journalists that did not include perceived reporters from opposition media, President Akufo-Addo boasted that his administration has created jobs in its first year.
Strangely however, he said before national television cameras that he does not have the relevant statistics to back the claim.
The irony has since dovetailed the man’s reputation as a clueless President who is not aware of anything in his government.
The entanglement had started with the President opening his second ever encounter with the press at the Flagstaff House with a speech that predictably attacked the predecessor Mahama government for the NPP’s wholesale failure on virtually every front of statecraft after one year in office.
While blaming President Mahama for supposedly bequeathing an economy that was in dire straits, the President who has become notorious for taking credit for projects that the same President Mahama left, then claimed his administration has put in place measures that have created jobs.
Among others, he claimed that the government’s Planting for Food and jobs policy had at least helped set up 10,000 Ghanaian youth in Agriculture and that the policy has been a big success in terms of creating jobs.
“Under the national entrepreneurship and innovation plan, we have made available a fund of 10million dollars, five more modules are being implemented targeted at helping young people set up businesses,” the President had added.
After the eloquent presentation of the opening remarks, the floor had been opened for questions and one of the journalists who asked intelligent and relevant questions at the venue had been the EIB network’s Kemini Amanor.
Ms Amanor, simply asked the President to give quotable statistics on the number of jobs that he has created so far, and that was how the infamous intellectual shock was made.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the man who led the chorus of accusation of his predecessor, John Mahama as incompetent, looked into national television cameras and said he does not have any statistics to show that he has created jobs.
According to him, any possible statistics will be available in three months time!
The development has led to questions as to how one man can boldly thump his chest and claim that he has created jobs and yet turn round to say that he does not have the evidence to show that indeed he has created jobs.
The shock of the irony is heightened by the fact that selfsame President Akufo-Addo in December last year, claimed that his administration had performed exceptionally well on all fronts of governance, including job creation, after one year even though Ghanaians saw the very opposite.
The President’s lack of statistical reference also came in spite of the fact that in corruption allegations that he had made against the Mahama administration on the same platform, including so call array of sole sourcing abuses that the man had cited against President Mahama, he had done so based on statistical quotations.
The situation has since led to a snowballing parody in town to the effect that President Akufo-Addo is a man of deferred statistics.
Already Akufo-Addo has developed an uncanny reputation for being unaware of major developments in his government, especially those that border on corruption by his appointees.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Saul Paul