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NDC won't confess Akufo-Addo's achievements for political survival.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not confess the achievements of the Akufo-Addo-led government because they need to survive politically, the Northern Youth for Nana Akufo-Addo (NOYONAA) has said.

According to the group, the NDC is struggling to catch breath as the elections approaches, and is thus painting a picture as though the Akufo-Addo government has done nothing, just to have space to remain relevant.

A statement signed by Mr Abukari Ubaidullah, NOYONAA Northern Regional Coordinator, followed a press conference the NDC held on Monday to state that the sitting government had performed a paltry 14% of its manifesto promises.

However, the group disagrees with the NDC, and has since described the said claim as false and misleading.

The statement said the achievements of President Akufo-Addo's administration were unmatched, and counted some of the projects executed by the government.

On agriculture, the statement said the Planting for Food and Jobs under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has registered 1.1 million farmers who have got access to 703,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser.

'Also, the food safety and security programme under the National Food Buffer Stock, and the distribution of seeds and supply of fertiliser to farmers,' it added.

The group, in the statement, said President Akufo-Addo's intervention in the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute is a great achievement which needs commendation.

The statement said the peaceful manner in which the funeral of the Ya-Naa was held, and the subsequent enskinment of the new Ya-Naa, was a core promise fulfilled.

It explained that this core promise has killed a major campaign message of the opposition party, and the good people of Dagbon hail President Akufo-Addo for such singular leadership and love demonstrated for the people of the North, and by extension, Ghanaians.

On education, the release said the Free Senior High School programme introduced by President Akufo-Addo has won him international recognition, free registration for West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination candidates, and the restoration of the teacher trainee allowances.

Touching on health, it mentioned the procurement and subsequent distribution of 307 ambulances to each constituency to facilitate the movement of patients from one destination to another and the restoration of the nurses' trainee allowance.

For roads, the group said the people of the north have not been left out, as well as other parts of the country, in the road infrastructure. It cited, for instance, that the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, is getting an interchange to ease congestion in its town centre, the Pokuase interchange, and the town roads across the country.

'One District One Factory, the Nation Builders Corps, One Village One Dam, the $1 million One Constituency, and National Identification cards,' the statement cited further, among others.

It continued: 'It is normal to get a low mark when your examiner knows nothing about the subject matter. The NDC do not have any message for Ghanaians and resorts to fighting any programme from [the] President Akufo-Addo leadership.'

It said the promises made by President Akufo-Addo during his campaign prior to the 2016 elections attracted lots of criticism from the NDC, which said was not achievable anytime soon. 'Today, they are praising government for a 14 per cent work done, this means you will do more when you get four more years.'

'The track record of the NDC shows that any time they say something they mean the exact opposite to what they say. A political party which after election 2016 declared that they were in a comfortable lead before results were declared by the Electoral Commission, and when it was eventually declared, they recorded the heaviest defeat ever in their political history.

'Even becoming President of Ghana, the NDC told Ghanaians that the presidency was not for short people like President Akufo-Addo, but you have become the President.'

According to the statement, Ghanaians are discerning enough to identify the vast difference between the NPP's three-and-half years, and the NDC's eight years in office.
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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
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Date:Jun 25, 2020
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