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Politicians in Ghana lack wisdom – Nunoo-Mensah

Former Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier Joseph Nunoo-Mensah

Former National Security Advisor and an ex-serviceman, Brigadier (retired) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah has used unprintable words to describe the current crop of political leaders in the country blaming both present and past governments of doing little to ameliorate the living standard of individual Ghanaians.

“Our people don’t have wisdom as leaders. They don’t have the wisdom to ameliorate the living standards of the citizenry”, he fumed in an interview monitored on a local radio station in Kumasi.

According to Brigadier Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, the economic lives of Ghanaians keeps retrogressing under the Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) contrary to claims much has done economically for the suffering Ghanaians.

“Today corruption in government is even worse. The fact that people are driving V8 does not me we are rich as people. Only few people in government appointees are benefitting”, the Ex-serviceman jabbed when he spoke, indicating many Ghanaians electorates are fed up of politicians.

59% of Ghanaians say Akufo-Addo leading Ghana in ‘wrong direction’ – Afrobarometer report

Fifty-nine per cent of Ghanaians say the Akufo-Addo government is taking Ghana in the wrong direction, according to Afrobarometer Survey of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).

The survey noted that citizens’ approval of the government’s economic performance has decline as Ghanaians’ approval ratings on indicators of the government’s economic performance have “declined sharply” compared to 2017.

The CDD said a “few citizens are content with the country’s economic situation and their personal living conditions, and a majority say the country is headed in the wrong direction”.

“Still, more than half are optimistic that things will get better in a year’s time”, the survey noted, adding: “Ghana has received positive reviews from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank and made important economic strides, including the successful completion of the IMF bailout programme and a clean-up of the financial sector. But so far, these successes appear not to have translated into concrete gains recognised by most citizens”.

Key findings

1. Only three in 10 Ghanaians (30%) describe the country’s economic conditions as “fairly good” or “very good,” a modest decline from 35% recorded in 2017.

2. Fewer than four in 10 (37%) say their personal living conditions are “fairly good” or “very good.”

3. And only 31% say the country’s economic condition has improved over the past 12 months. But more than half (54%) are optimistic that things will be “better” or “much better” in 12 months’ time.

4. Six in 10 Ghanaians (59%) say the country is “going in the wrong direction.”

The share of citizens who see the country as “going in the right direction” declined by 15 percentage points from 2017 to 35%.

5. Majorities of citizens say the government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” in narrowing income gaps (66%), improving the living standards of the poor (56%), and creating jobs (54%).

6. Approval ratings on indicators of the government’s economic performance have declined sharply compared to 2017, with approval on the management of the economy recording the steepest drop, by 20 percentage points.


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