The Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region, Dr Kingsley Nyarko, has touted the socio-economic achievements of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led administration are unprecedented under the Fourth Republic.
He challenged anyone with opposing data to step up to provide evidence against his assertion.
Dr Nyarko pointed out that President Akufo-Addo’s administration had performed exceptionally better than his counterparts in the areas of socio-economic infrastructure, development, pro-poor initiatives as well as prudent fiscal management and digitisation of the country’s economy.
In reaction to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) statement that the economy was down on its knees before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he debunked that assertion and stated that “in terms of management of COVID-19, the president demonstrated a world class leadership towards management of the pandemic.
“Various strategies implemented by President Akufo-Addo to address surge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country were adopted and subsequently implemented by several countries around the world,” Dr Nyarko indicated.
He mentioned some of the achievements of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government as the National Health Insurance Scheme by former President Agyekum Kufuor-led administration, the Free Senior High School policy, planting for food and jobs, rearing for food and jobs, One District One Factory, aquaculture for food and jobs, One Constituency One Ambulance, One Village One Dam, Free Technical Vocational Education and Training, National Entrepreneurial Innovation Programme and Nation Builders Corps.
According to him, all the policies, programmes and social interventions were geared towards transforming the country’s economy, improve socioeconomic lives and livelihoods of the citizenry and reduce poverty while creating jobs and wealth for the youth.
Dr Nyarko noted that millions of jobs had been created directly and indirectly from the various policies, programmes and social interventions and insisted that the NPP administration had performed far better than the NDC.
“I can confidently say the NPP administration from Former President Kuffour to President Akufo-Addo had performed better than the NDC because our policies show clearly we are unprecedented and if the NDC says they are better than NPP, let them show us their policies that have helped Ghanaians and transform the country, in terms of road network, the government has constructed more and better roads than the NDC with all the interchanges constructed by the NPP administration.
“When the NPP came into power in the year 2000, the road stock was 39,000 kilometres, during the time of President J.A. Kufuor, it shot up to 69,000 and in President John Mahama’s time, it increased to 73,000.
“As we speak now, the road stock under Akufo-Addo-led administration is 80,000 kilometres, which clearly shows our current president has constructed more roads,” Dr Nyarko stressed. -GNA