Business community advised to give new govt. more time

Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, the Chief Executive Officer of Group Ideal, has asked the business executives to give the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sufficient time to put together his cabinet.

According to Dr Dzani, the expectations of Ghanaians from the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government were high and, therefore, the President-elect should not be stampeded into making any hasty decisions. 

Speaking at the presidential dinner night of the Chattered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG), in Accra on Saturday, Dr. Dzani said the high expectations of the citizenry were justified, due to “the lithany of promises given by the New Patriotic Party”.

Nana Akufo-Addo won the 2016 general elections after a campaign to better the lives of Ghanaians by reshaping the economy to create jobs.

The campaign promises included an industrialisation policy to build a factory in all 216 districts of the country, building a dam in each ‘village’ in the three northern regions, one million dollars a year for each of the 275 constituencies, and reduction of the rate of taxes.

Soon after he was declared winner of the polls, interest groups began reminding the President-elect of the promises, amidst pressure on him to name his cabinet.

At a National Executive Committee Meeting in Accra last week, Nana Akufo-Addo asked for more time to put his cabinet together, recognising the task that await his administration.

Dr. Dzani said the President-elect, needed time to choose his ministers.

The president of the CIMG, Mr. Kojo Matta, said the incoming NPP was able to defeat the outgoing National Democratic Congress (NDC) government because it was able to keep in touch with the electorate and understood what they needed.

He said: “We see a herculean task ahead of the in-coming government with the numerous value prepositions,” adding “How they will keep up with their customers’ expectations to fulfil the grand promises is what will matter.”

Mr. Matta was hopeful that with determination and the policies and people in place, “no task is impossible”.

 

By Julius Yao Petetsi

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