Ghanaians just exited a grueling 2017 and suffocating Christmas and New Year holidays under a government that vowed to eliminate all hardships that the citizenry were supposedly suffering under the erstwhile administration.
The expectant grins on faces for a better life under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has suddenly been replaced by wry scowls and seething anger at an administration that continues to proclaim that life is better for Ghanaians simply because a certain septuagenarian is President of the nation.
The Akufo-Addo administration’s short period in office has offered Ghanaians a yardstick to truly measure the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) performance in office because a year of the NPP government and Ghana is already wobbling seriously.
The stark realities of Nana Akufo-Addo in power and a presidential candidate who professed to possess all solutions to Ghana’s problems have been laid bare and Ghanaians are not amused.
One year on and the general Ghanaian populace cannot hide its chagrin at a government that continues to demonstrate its incompetence at managing the economy.
Discontent with the government’s shabby performance is gradually picking up steam with individual professors, teachers, doctors, drivers and traders among others questioning President Akufo-Addo’s ability to address the challenges of the economy, especially with the situation turning out worse than it was under the previous government.
Incidentally, all sectors of the economy and the very Ghanaian social life have taken a battering since the NPP came to power, from the heightening insecurity, depreciation of the cedi against major currencies to outrageous economic decisions that continue to worsen the plight of constituents.
Prices of goods and services have persistently escalated but the government has turned a blind eye to the cries of the populace with the rising hardship while spokespersons of the administration continue to throw in implementation of the free SHS as solution to all the problems.
Fuel prices have seen remarkable increases since Nana Akufo-Addo became president in spite of the fact that Ghanaians have been made to believe these products were too expensive under the NDC government.
In opposition, the NPP castigated the NDC for allegedly running an economy based on borrowing with the current Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia claiming all the money needed to develop the country is in Ghana and that an NPP administration would not borrow.
Astoundingly, one year in power and the NPP administration has already set a record for borrowing and is desperately trying to convince Ghanaians that borrowing is actually good for the country.