President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that Ghanaians, even though are said to have short memories by former President Mahama, have not forgotten the disastrous leadership the country was subjected to under his presidency from 7th January 2013 to 7th January 2017.
President Akufo-Addo made the assertion when he addressed attendees of the official launch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) election 2020 manifesto at the Cape Coast University (New Examinations Centre (NEC) Auditorium, under the theme: 'Leadership of Service: Protecting our Progress, Transforming Ghana for All.'
"I know that the NDC presidential candidate, His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, believes and says often that Ghanaians have a short memory and he must hold strongly to this belief otherwise, I doubt he would not have summoned the courage to be seeking another term after the disaster that was his presidency," President Akufo-Addo stated.
"Ghanaians may have short memories, but not short enough for us to have forgotten the broken down freezers, irons and other household equipment, thanks to the five (5) years of dumsor. Our memories are not short enough to forget that the economy under him was such a wreck that there was a ban placed on all recruitment into our public services. Our memories are not short enough to forget that our teachers taught for three years and were only paid for three months. Our memories are certainly not short enough to forget that he brought our entire financial services to near collapse," President Akufo-Addo added.
President Akufo-Addo took a swipe at his opponent, John Mahama, over claims he has made recently that the Ghanaian economy is being mismanaged under the Akufo-Addo administration.
"I have heard him make the extraordinary claim that Ghana's economy was in tatters, not because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of mismanagement. I doubt that he can recognize a well managed economy even if it slapped him in the face," President Akufo-Addo noted.
The President further indicated that Ghana thankfully did not have to rely on the judgment and assessment of the former President on the Ghanaian economy.
"It is important to tell him, just in case there are others like him around, that Ghana is today in a position to be able to provide one hot meal for JHS students who are back to school today in the midst of a pandemic, to pay for six (6) months the water bills of all Ghanaians, to subsidize the electricity bills of all Ghanaians for three (3) months. Indeed, we thank the Almighty that the pandemic did not strike under his presidency when there was no money in the national kitty to pay teachers and nurses' allowances," the President said.
*The Election 2020 NPP Manifesto*
The two hundred and sixteen (216)-paged election 2020 manifesto document of the NPP has been ground in six (6) parts. Part one (1) is entitled 'Accounting for our Stewardship' and the focus is on promises made by the party in its 2016 manifesto and the promises that have been delivered. Part two (2) is on the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on Ghana and the mitigating measures government has implemented thus far. Post COVID-19 recovery plan, the Ghana CoVID Alleviation and Revitalization of Enterprises (Ghana CARES), is the focus of part three (3) of the manifesto. Part four (4) is entitled 'Beyond 2020, Consolidating our achievements and the way forward'. Part five (5), focuses broadly on 'Accelerating growth and Transformation' and has two major sub-thematic areas, 'Digitization and the Transformation of the Ghanaian Economy' and 'Building the Private Sector for Accelerated Growth'. The sixth part is on conclusion with focus on transformation for a 'Ghana Beyond Aid'.