Vice President Bawumia has addressed claims made by Alan Kyerematen, a former Trade Minister and aspiring flagbearer of the NPP, suggesting that the party lacks a message for the upcoming 2024 elections.
Alan, at a recent tour of the Central Region, said the country’s worsening economic conditions could affect the party’s chances in the 2024 general elections, stressing that the governing party was struggling to identify a campaign message going into the 2024 polls.
“Akufo-Addo has done well. He has initiated numerous programmes such as 1D1F, Planting for Food and Jobs, and Free SHS, but we all know that currently, times are hard… Due to this hardship, our key message for campaigning as a party for the 2024 election is becoming difficult to identify…”, he said in Twi as quoted by myjoyonline.com.
But Dr Bawumia disagrees. Highlighting the achievements of the NPP Government at an event in London, the Vice President said notwithstanding global factors which have hit countries across the world including Ghana in the past four years, the NPP Government, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, has an unmatched record of achievements in the 4th Republic.
He however acknowledged that more work remains to be done.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, when you look at this tall list of achievements, one cannot but admit that they are monumental. Let nobody tell you that we don’t have a message for 2024,” said Dr Bawumia.
“I must hasten to add that this does not mean we have done everything we intended to do or ought to have done. There is a lot more to do and we will work hard to do more.”
In his speech, Dr Bawumia discussed the challenges inherited by the government, including high unemployment, a prolonged power crisis (dumsor), a struggling national health insurance system, a near-collapse of the national ambulance service, a freeze on public sector employment, a weakened banking sector, rising utility bills, poor economic indicators, low agricultural and industrial growth, and the burden of paying $1 billion annually for an excess energy capacity deal negotiated by the previous NDC administration.
However, the Vice President also emphasized the various programs, projects, and policies implemented by the NPP Government to address these challenges. He cited improvements in the economy, education, healthcare, agriculture, industries, security, energy, and digitization as evidence of the government’s accomplishments.
Dr Bawumia concluded his address by assuring the audience that the NPP indeed has a message for the 2024 elections, urging them to consider the monumental achievements and ongoing efforts of the government. He acknowledged that there is still much work to be done and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to continue striving for progress.
SOURCE: Daily Mail GH with additional files from graphic.com.gh