Afrobarometer report reflects state of governance – Asiedu Nketia …But govt assures economy to get better in 2020

Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has posited that the Centre for Democratic Development’s Afrobarometer survey about the current state of affairs in the country is heading for ‘doom’.

“I am part of the larger community of the citizenry who believe the country is headed for ‘doom’, per data gathered in the survey, the approval ratings on key economic indicators of the government’s performance has taken a nosedive in comparison to the year 2017,” he stressed.

But Buabeng Asamoah, the Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), noted that things only seemed difficult because of measures the government had to put in place to stablise weak economy it inherited from previous administration and has assured things will get better in 2020.

“We had to take dramatic decisions necessary to restructure, rebuild economy and impact of decisions are ones being felt now, I don’t think the government is doing a bad job,” he stressed.

The Afrobarometer report explained that six out of 10 Ghanaians (59%) indicated the country is , ‘going in the wrong direction’, the share of the citizenry who realise the country as ‘going in the right direction’ declined by 15 percentage points from 2017 to 35 per cent.

“The report is damning, which truly represents current state of affairs but the president,  his ministers and appointees of “family and friends” keep twisting issues in direction which gives an unrealistic hope for us, I’m not surprised.

“The only positive thing we’re hoping the government is doing good job at painting something white to black to keep hope alive, maybe through media and other issues, everybody tells you we’re not okay,  going in wrong direction, to find hope for good things to happen in wrong direction, somebody is painting something wrongly,” Mr Nketia fumed.

According to Mr Asamoa, “what Ghanaians are seeing now is lag effect of transitional policies, we inherited economy which was under stricture, had to recover, restructure, restore to good health, we are on track, if we were not on track, the International Monetary Fund would not have left.”

He acknowledged the government had to take unconventional decisions to salvage economy which had made issues difficult but was convinced economy would take good turn and we would feel needed relief.

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