A Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School, Professor Godfred Bokpin is accusing both the ruling and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of giving unrealistic promises to Ghanaians.
He is however chastising the NDC of more for making promises they know are clearly unachievable considering the current state the country finds itself especially post COVID-19
“Pick the last four years of the NDC administration and look at the budget variance between promises and actuals, and you realize that the easiest thing to do on the space of the earth is to promise”, he lamented on an Accra based radio station monitored by MyNewsGh.com
“And the reason we all have to be critical is that they are not God, NPP is also not God”, he pointed out.
He emphasized that “as for God all his promises are yet and amen. But for man, all our promises are the same but it’s only in our deeds that we defer.
He added that “we need to be very critical other than that is always like a deception to the people.”
His comments come after NDC’s flagbearer and former President John Mahama together with his running mate, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang and some top NDC officials highlighted their policies, programmes and initiatives should they win December 7, polls.
In the 143 page document titled ‘The People’s Manifesto’, NDC pledged at least 18 free items across all sectors and there was mention of free primary healthcare, tertiary education to persons with disability, seedlings for cocoa farmers under agriculture among others.
According to Prof Bokpin, he had realised big disconnect between reality on the ground, medium term outlook and manifestoes considered, however, commenting on NDC’s ‘Big Push’ agenda that is to invest $10 billion in infrastructure, education and agriculture, and insisted the country’s debt stock would rise.
“This will retrogress growth and development of economy post COVID-19, when you go through entire manifesto and there is very little effort at demonstrating how funds will be accumulated to finance them without adding to public debt stock.
“The NDC must come clearly and demonstrate bearing in mind challenges we have, outlook for next three to four years, how promises sits within, until then, I think we do not have anything to discuss,” Prof Bokpin decried.