President John Dramani Mahama and functionaries of his National Democratic Congress government have been seen to be best at pirating policies and programmes of the New Patriotic Party, the implementation of which they have always shown a lack of the capacity and will required to ensuring its success.
As has become typical of them, they first rubbish the policy, by casting doubts about the possibility of its implementation. They later steal it and finally see to its collapse through poor implementation.
One should therefore not be surprised at their latest attack on Nana Akufo Addo’s plan to set up factories across the 216 districts in the country.
The incompetent Mahama-led government initially kicked against the NPP’s Free Senior High School policy and the Northern Development Authority, but later made a sharp U-turn to implement them; and have failed woefully.
So far, President Mahama and his government have proven that they clearly lack the capacity to implement feasible policies and programmes that could better the lives of Ghanaians. They are rather interested in creating avenues for their families and friends to ‘create, loot and share’ the nation’s resources. That is their priority.
As indicated rightly by Anthony Karbo, a deputy communications director of the NPP, if the NDC government had made it a priority to set up one industry in each district in the country, it could have done so in the last eight years considering the amount of resources it has mismanaged within the period.
But that was not a priority; it has all been about what they can get at the expense of the collective good of Ghanaians. The evidence is clear in the massive financial rots and naked stealing uncovered through dubious deals such as Smarttys, SADA, GYEEDA, Woyome and many more.
Now, the difference between the NPP and NDC becomes clear when it comes to the debate about the feasibility or otherwise of a policy: it is all about the priorities of the two parties. While the NPP will want to see policies such as setting up one industry in each district as a major priority and so will commit into it all the resources required to ensure its success, the NDC will rather commit resources into phantom projects that pave the way for its functionaries and cronies to steal from the national coffers.
In fact, the fact cannot be gainsaid that the last eight years of the NDC government, led by President John Dramani Mahama, could have successfully seen three factories built in each district in the country if the resources made available to the government had seen judicious utilization.
It is therefore the priority of ensuring judicious use of resources that will enable Nana Akufo-Addo to lead an NPP government to make the district industrialization policies see the light of day.
Source: New Statesman
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