Policy think tank IMANI Africa has scored the Akufo-Addo administration 48.78 percent after assessing the delivery of its 2016 manifesto promises to Ghanaians.
Manifesto promises which have seen complete implementation make up about 27 percent of the total commitments made by the NPP in 2016, IMANI noted in its summary of the report.
These findings were based on research it undertook to assess the extent to which promises the New Patriotic Party made before the elections have been fulfilled.
“Collecting data from the 2016 NPP manifesto, all main and supplementary budgets by the government to date, annual progress reports, auditor general’s reports, reports of statutory bodies such as the public interest and accountability committee, parliamentary Hansards, websites of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs, newspapers and news portals, the results show that, the government has achieved an overall performance on executing its manifesto commitment of 48.78 percent.”
IMANI also scored the government “54.35 percent in the delivery of its commitments on the economy, 46.21 percent on governance, and 46.44 percent on infrastructure.”
“The government scores 39.13 percent and 43.78 percent on human capital development and social services respectively,” summary of the report added.
The report noted that there were gains from the government’s commitment to agriculture in “ensuring that it pushes through most of its promises to “resuscitate” the sector, with positive results registered in some value chains.”
IMANI added that the government’s work in in the economy, education and infrastructure showed promise.
“It is also a progressive sign to see that, performances in the economy, education and infrastructure, are all pushing the median mark of execution. Health and information technology require significant attention. With the final budget of the government having been presented, a window of opportunity exists for further considerations to ensure these themes also see some marked improvements.”
IMANI also underscored the importance of making pragmatic promises because of “the drag that the number of promises can have on the performance of a government.”
“To this end, political parties in Ghana capable of winning general elections must be realistic, in making commitments to citizens to ensure they can adequately perform and subsequently leverage this as a basis for securing further mandates of governance.”
The full report can be viewed here