IMANI centre for policy and education, a Policy and research Think-tank has scored the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government 52 percent as over all achievement on the attainment of its 2012 manifesto promises, revealing that 48 percent of these promises inscribed in its manifesto dubbed ‘Advancing the Better Ghana Agenda,’ have not been achieved.
This was revealed by the Think- tank at a public forum in Accra last week where it released the findings of the NDC 2012 manifesto assessment. The aim of the assessment, according to the think thank, evaluate the rate of execution of the programmes, policies and projects stated in the manifesto.
According to the study, the government performed poorly in some major areas including; corruption33%, narcotic and terrorism 15%, the rule of law 8.3 %.
The NDC pledged to revamp the Internal Audit System under a revised Internal Audit Agency Act to make it more efficient to combat corruption and wastage; however, the research showed that, there is no evidence of a revamp or revision at the aforementioned agency.
The study revealed that President Mahama’s government was weakest in its implementation of promises under the economy where it scored 43.9%. It said NDC government pledged in 2012 to maintain a GDP growth of at least 8% per annum; maintain a single digit inflation rate; reduce fiscal deficit to 5% of GDP; increase per capita income from about $1600 to $2300 by 2017; and improve the international reserve to four months of import cover. However, the 5% of GDP overall budget deficit promise for each year was not attained.
There were recorded overall budget deficits of 11.6%, 11.0%, 10.3%, 6.7% respectively from 2012 to 2015. The target for 2016 is 5.3% > 5.0% according to Bank of Ghana Annual report on the 2015 and 2016 Budget 2015. The target for 2016 is 5.3% > 5.0% according to Bank of Ghana Annual report on the 2015 and 2016 Budget
Another significant promise made by the NDC was to upgrade the slums in urban centres, however, government scored zero in that regard as no project of that sort was initiated or implemented.
The Report maintained that government’s best performance was found under education where it scored 69.4% indicating a good performance. Government, it said has invested GHC28billion in education over the past four years.
The NDC pledged in 2012 to improve education by improving early childhood development; primary, secondary and tertiary education; distance education, science and technology education; vocational and technical education.
IMANI noted that access to education has improved greatly under president Mahama. The government’s flagship educational policies included the conversion of polytechnics to technical universities and the establishment of 200 Community Day Senior High Schools. A total of 2,031 schools under Trees out of 2,936 identified have been eliminated completed and handed over for use by the beneficiary schools as at June, 2016.
In the area of gender, the NDC pledge to “improve women’s representation on all public Boards”, to a large extent government has honoured this promise by appointing women to head key positions in various sectors of the economy such as Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Ghana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the first time in the history of the country and Mrs. Charlotte Osei, Chair of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC).
Imani conducted the first ever mid-term assessment of the ruling NDC government in July 2015, they sought to ascertain the status of implementation of the 540 promises made by the NDC in their 2012 manifesto. The main aim the assessment was to evaluate the rate of execution of the programmes, policies and projects stated in the manifesto
According to Franklin Cudjoe, the president of Imani, the final assessment is not based on publication in the NDC’s green book but an independent research which has been completed and validated by some ministries, data gathered with the help of MMDA’s as well as many others submitting requested data to the organisation. He stated that one of the aims for conducting the assessment was to raise the awareness for citizens to demand explanations and methods of execution of policies, programmes and projects that politicians promise in their manifestos. He admonished citizens to demand that promises by politicians are “smart, measurable, time bound and have direct impact in their individual lives.
By Evelyn Addor and Mary Quartey