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We see and feel development too; Nana Addo’s comments unfortunate – Disability Federation

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organization is unhappy with recent comments made by the President Akufo Addo, regarding fulfilment of the government’s promises.

The President at the final rally of the NPP prior to the by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency said the government had fulfilled forty-one of the promises it made to Ghanaians, adding that only the blind and deaf will ignore these fulfilled promises.

“Forty-one promises made by the NPP and its presidential candidates within two years have already been delivered and fulfilled and delivered as we speak now, “We came to fix Ghana, and in these two years, it is only those who are blind or deaf who are not aware that indeed we have done something.”

However, speaking to Citi News, President of the Ghana Blind Union, Ayisshietu Ibrahim said even though they recognize the efforts of the government in various fields, such comments could thwart efforts at ending stigmatization of persons with disability.

“We are not happy with the comments. We still know whether developments are ongoing or not despite being blind or deaf. When we walk on roads, we are able to know whether it is tarred or not. We know that is a political metaphor but there are so many words the President could have used.”

“We don’t want an apology; we just want to appeal to him to be better worded in his speeches than using blind and deaf. This is not only to the president but all other politicians to make people see disabled people in a different way. We are doing our best to educate them or else this will thwart our efforts of sensitization the people, she added.

Only the blind and deaf ignore NPP’s fulfilled promises – Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has touted the achievements of his government saying he and his team have managed to fulfill 41 of its campaign promises in the last two years.

These included the free Senior High School program, mobile money interoperability, the digital address system, the supposed stabilisation of the cedi, the national ID card system, restoration of nursing trainee allowances among others.

But many of the promises, projects, policies, and laws cited by the government have merely been launched or at various stages of implementation.

For example, even though the government says it has fulfilled the promise of creating six new regions, the process only just crossed the referendum stage in December 2018.

The list of fulfilled promises according to Dr. Bawumia are

We promised Free SHS to reduce the hardship on parents, and we have delivered. We promised to restore teacher training allowances to reduce the hardship on teacher trainees, and we have delivered.

We promised to restore nursing training allowances to reduce the hardship on nursing trainees, and we have delivered.

We promised to establish a Zongo Development Fund, and we have delivered. We promised a renewed focus on agriculture through the Planting For Food and Jobs program, and we have delivered.

We promised to issue National ID Cards, and we are delivering.

We promised to implement a National Property Digital Address System, and we have delivered.

We promised to digitise the clearance of goods at the ports through paperless ports, and we have delivered.

We promised to establish three Development Authorities (Northern, Middle Belt and Coastal) and we have delivered.

We promised a One District One Factory program, and we are delivering.

We promised a One Village One Dam program, and we are delivering.

We promised a One District One Warehouse program, and we are delivering.

We promised to implement a Nation Builders Corps program to reduce the hardships on the graduate unemployed, and we have delivered

We promised to implement a National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program to provide support and reduce hardships of entrepreneurs, and we have delivered

We promised to rehabilitate VALCO to resume operations, and we have delivered.

We promised to leverage our natural resources to obtain a $2 billion innovative infrastructure financing arrangement with Sinohydro, and we have delivered.

We promised to establish integrated bauxite and aluminium industry, and we are delivering

We promised to implement mobile money interoperability, and we have delivered. We promised to reduce electricity prices, and we have delivered.

We promised to reduce the hardship in obtaining a drivers license, and we have delivered.

We promised to reduce the hardship in obtaining a passport, and we have delivered

We promised to reduce the hardships in renewing the national health insurance, and we have delivered.

We promised to establish an Office of the Special Prosecutor on Corruption, and we have delivered.

We promised to revive Ghana’s railways, and we are on course.

We promised a transparent allocation of Ghana’s oil blocs, and we have delivered.

We promised to reverse the trend of declining economic growth, and we have delivered.

We promised to restore discipline in the management of our public finances, and we have delivered with lower fiscal deficits.

We promised to pass a fiscal Responsibility Act, and we have delivered. We promised to establish a Fiscal Council, and we have delivered.

We promised to Establish a Financial Stability Council, and we have delivered We promised to reduce inflation to single digits, and we have delivered.

We promised to reduce interest rates, and we are delivering.

We promised to keep our exchange rate relatively stable even in the midst of global volatilities, and we have delivered.

We promised to reverse Ghana’s trade position with the rest of the world from deficit to surplus, and we have delivered.

We promised to reduce taxes, and we reduced and abolished 17 different taxes in two years. We have delivered.

We promised to revive the NHIS, and we have cleared the GHC1.2 billion arrears inherited under the NHIS. The NHIS is working again. We have delivered.

We promised to move away from a predominance of sole sourcing to tendering in procurement, and we have delivered.

We promised to bring about a change from destructive galamsey activities to more regulated small-scale mining activities, and we have delivered.

We promised to reduce the hardships of the disabled and increase the share of the DACF to persons with disabilities by 50%. We have delivered.

We promised to double the Capitation Grant, and we have delivered.

We promised to create six new regions, and we have delivered.

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