55% Ghanaians dissatisfied with economy-IMANI

franlFifty-Five per cent of Ghanaians across six regions are discontent with the Ghanaian economy and would want it fixed by the next government, Policy Think Tank, Imani Ghana has said.

This was contained in the policy think tank’s pre-election report for September which highlighted areas in governance, economy, agriculture, health and gender issues, education and others as a yardstick to measure expectations of voters ahead of the December polls.

The regions dissatisfied with the government’s performance in the management of the economy, according Imani are Ashanti, Western, Greater Accra, with 57 per cent respectively and the Eastern, Central and Upper East regions recording 50 per cent each.

Respondents in the Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta regions, however, are satisfied with the management of the economy with an average of 35 per cent as compared to their counterparts in the above listed regions.

With a sample size of 10,020 respondents across the 10 regions of the country, the survey seeks to widen the frontiers of discourse ahead of the polls and measure how the promises of the parties resonated with the voters.

Throwing more light on the figures in Accra yesterday, Mr. Patrick Stephenson, Head of Imani’s Political and Economic Affairs said the figures indicated the level of dissatisfaction of the government’s performance on the economic front.

The areas under the economy included government spending, ease of doing business, inflation, unemployment and attractive business environment in the country, he noted.

On access to primary education, more than 90 per cent of the respondents, Mr. Stephenson said, were of the view that basic education facilities needed to be brought closer to them.

“They consider health a very important aspect of the economy which should be a priority of the next government” he said adding that the quality, cost of health care and access to such facilities was of concern to them.

In the area of agriculture, an average of 75 per cent of respondents consider the promotion of agri-business, subsidization of fertilizer and seedlings and export promotion as critical to creating jobs and sustaining the businesses of the farmers.

Of governance and the fight against corruption, an average of 70 the respondents consider nibbing corruption in the bud be a major area of priority for the next government whiles taking steps to retrieve monies from persons who were wrongly paid in judgement debt scandals.

Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, the President of Imani, said the researched was based on “evidence and facts” collated from the respondents.

He said the purpose of the survey was to stimulate discussion of what the voters were expecting in the next government and what the politicians were promising.

Mr. Cudjoe said Ghana’s democracy has reached a stage where politicians must align public expectation with their manifestos so as to deliver on what the voters really needed.

By Julius Yao Petetsi & Dinah Twumasi    

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