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The Akufo-Addo led government has clarified that it only made 388 promises in the build-up to the 2016 elections and not 631 as the NDC is claiming.
This comes on the back of an earlier press conference by the opposition NDC in which it passed a damning verdict of the government’s performance in the area of fulfilling its manifesto promise.
North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa among others argued that the governing NPP made 631 promises in its 2016 manifesto and had only delivered only 83 of such promises.
“You are given four good years of the destiny of the people and all you can do is 14 percent. And even this we have been so generous. You scored an F,” he mocked, adding: “You don’t even have the courage to apologize for it and try to see if you make amends but you think you can lie your way through by understating the number of promises that you made.”
But at a counter-press conference, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah accused the NDC of engaging in intellectual dishonesty.
“As we get to the 2020 national conversation period, one of the narratives they [NDC] seek to cap is a narrative of dishonesty and in order to give life to that narrative, they have to create scenarios that if indeed we made 388 promises, they will find ways of adding some 235 to make it 631 then say therefore that we have been dishonest. Part of the strategy of increasing our promises from 388 to 635 is to enable them to lay a claim of dishonesty against this administration,” he said.
“Yes, there was a lot of drama, flashes, and screams in their presentation today, but if you strip it of all the drama, the screams and the flashes, in substance, if you take the form away, there were two main claims they made which the government believes must be corrected in time. The first one is the claim that whilst government in its report in February this year, outlined 388 promises and accounted for those 388 promises, they (NDC) have discovered an extra 235 promises which the government of Ghana has hidden or refused to account for. In their opinion, the NPP administration made a total of 368 promises and has been intellectually dishonest in not accounting for 631 and 388 rather just to downplay our achievements.”
“Secondly, they make a claim that the NPP has failed in delivering 86% of this supposed 631 promises, in other words, they claim we have only achieved 14% of this supposed 631 promises,” he added.