Think tanks should dwell on impact of fulfilled promises – Alidu Seidu

Dr Seidu Alidu, a senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, has asked policy think tanks to rather focus their research on the impact of the fulfilled promises of the government.

He explained that it was important for policy think tanks to dwell more on the impact the fulfilled promises have on the citizenry, instead of just finding out how many have been fulfilled or not.

“If IMANI Africa is going to take Free SHS, it will be one, what is the impact,” Dr Alidu quizzed, and noted that “the real issues worth looking into should be whether the average Ghanaian is indeed benefiting from the fulfillment of some of the promises said to have been delivered”.

IMANI Africa in its latest assessment of promises made by President Nana Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run up to 2016 elections concluded only 48.78 per cent of promises made have been fulfilled, out of 510 promises made by the government, only 27 per cent of them have been fully fulfilled, with 21.75 per cent partially fulfilled but the president disagreed with report, has fulfilled 72 per cent of promises.

According to Dr Alidu, “for Community-based Health Planning and Services compound,  a government will say I’m going to build 50, particular village there is compound, you tick one box as achieved, that’s output but some compounds, no nurses, how does that impact lives of the citizenry?

O. B Amoah, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said in as much as IMANI’s work was good for keeping government on its toes, it would have been better if the promises analysed were targeted instead of boxing them all together for research.

Joyce Mogtari, Spokesperson of former President John Mahama, urged the government to accept the report and look at ways issues could improve instead of painting  a perfect picture.

Dr Ahmed Jinapor, a senior lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, observed that IMANI’s assessment of the government was a reality check to put them back on track to focus on delivering on promises made to the citizenry before assuming power.-3news.com

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