Former NDC Member of Parliament for Techiman South Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr. Adjei Mensah has disclosed how difficult it is for a government to sustain social intervention programmes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS] and The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).
According to him, his government went through hell during its eight years in government to sustain these projects, especially during the days of Ex-President John Dramani Mahama.
“It will not be an easy task for any government to sustain NHIS and School Feeding Programmes, because the sponsors and donors of the programme have withdrawn their assistance,” he said.
According to him, the severing of ties resulted when Ghana could no longer keep to the conditions based on which the sponsorship was agreed on; therefore it is left to the country to finance every aspect of the project.
Mr. Adjei Mensah, a panel member on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ show lamented how the NPP in most difficult conditions hastened in putting up new social intervention programmes just to score cheap political points without thinking or putting up proper measures to sustain the already existing but collapsing projects.
He said an example of such a programme is the free SHS introduced by the Akufo-Addo government when voted into power.
“We must take into reference a lot of things, proper planning and sustainable measures before introducing a new programme to keep our economy strong and going. Governance is not what you speak to do in opposition but work-done with sustainable measures while in government,” he stated.
Commenting on the story where a police officer who is now before court brutalized a petty trader at the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings And Loans limited, he cited the lack of honesty in this country as a factor.
“. . How can a bank that claims not to have GHc 270.00 for its customer, now compensate her with a brand new house and an undisclosed amount of money as a ‘face saving’ exercise to keep their financial institution in business?” he rhetorically asked.
Source: Elizabeth Semiheva Bedi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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