Political analyst Boakye Yiadom has noted that the state of the nation address delivered by President Akufo-Addo failed to touch on some key economic issues as well as a detailed report on some of his flagship programmes.
The analyst stated on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that Ghanaians were expecting the President to have heard something about the economy and how his government was managing the challenges confronting us, especially the depreciation of the cedi against the dollar.
He said Ghanaians wanted him to address “the high cost of living. The hike in fuel prices and other commodities. He was not elaborative enough on the economic challenges but I am thinking to believe that he had left that for Vice President Dr. Bawumia who is set to address Ghanaians on the economy on April 7, 2022,” he added.
He further indicated that it would have been prudent for the President to have addressed the challenges confronting the free senior high school policy and how he intends to address them.
He said the President should have touched on the funding gaps, how he intends to address the issue of infrastructure deficit, lack of teacher motivation, the timelines in phasing out the double-track system among others.
Mr. Boakye Yiadom added that one other policy that the President failed to account for was the planting for food and jobs.
He asserted that “we have rolled out the policy for a period of five years yet we have no detailed report on the success of the policy. We are still importing so much rice, we are still importing chicken and so it would have been good if the President gave an account on the success or challenges of the policy”.
In his view, if we invest in the local industry and support the industry including persons such as Darko Farms, Ghana can reduce it’s importation of chicken and depend on the local market.
On the issue of sports, he was disappointed with the President for ignoring lesser-known sports and focusing only on football.
Touching on health he commended the President for being elaborative but criticized him for failing to be specific and straightforward with the timelines regarding the agenda 111 projects.
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana