Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia says the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government has so far achieved 80% of the promises it made to Ghanaians over the past three and a half years.
Moreover, he said, the NPP government has achieved roughly 300 objectives in total, exceeding the 289 promises it made before it came into office.
Dr Bawumia was speaking today in Cape Coast in the Central Region at the launch of the New Patriotic Party manifesto for the 2020 election. The manifesto’s theme is “Leadership of Service: Protecting Our Progress, Transforming Ghana for All”.
“We are here to witness the unveiling of the government that will see to the consolidation of the gains made in the unprecedented national digitisation agenda of this government,” Dr Bawumia said, welcoming the audience in the hall at the University of Cape Coast.
“The gains made in the provision of the value-for-money infrastructure for all. The gains made in One District, One Factory. The gains made through the Planting for Foods and Jobs initiative. It is for this reason there is an overwhelming show of interest in the exercise we are about to undertake today.”
Comparing the NPP’s record in detail with that of the NDC, Dr Bawumia said the NPP government is well within its rights to argue that it has surpassed the erstwhile government. “Sector by sector, we have really performed … much, much better than the previous National Democratic Congress government.”
The party is now entering a phase of entrenching its achievements in all areas of national life, from agriculture through industrialisation to education, the vice-president said. He welcomed the opportunity to account for the NPP’s progress and argued that, with so much achieved, it is pointless for Ghana to backtrack.
“We have so much to consolidate. And all these achievements we talked about, we are not going to let them go. We want to make sure that, post-COVID, we are able to consolidate all the achievements that we chalked and then be able to move the country forward,” he said.
Towards self-sufficiency in Ghana
Dr Bawumia said that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has inadvertently set in motion implementation of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.
“The COVID experience has brought Ghana Beyond Aid into immediate action, where we are going to be more self-reliant as a country and as an economy.
“So we are going to focus more on made in Ghana. We will renew our emphasis on component assembly, not just in automobiles but also home appliances and light manufacturing in general,” he said.
The vice-president also announced that tertiary students will soon be able to access student loans without any need for a guarantor. Beneficiaries will have a gap year after their national service before they are required to pay back their loan.
“One of the problems for students in getting enrolment into tertiary education is affordability, whether public or private. All tertiary students will now be able to get loans without a gurantor. So you don’t need a guarantor: all you need is your national ID card – that’s all,” Dr Bawumia said.
“And then you will be able to access your loan. Once you complete the tertiary education, repayment will be deferred and after the national service you will get a one-year grace period before you start to repay.
“It’s a major tertiary education initiative to enable us to improve access to tertiary education as well,” he said.