The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that the party will not shy away from bold and unpopular decisions.
The two term general secretary was speaking at a press conference in Sunyani as part of a regional tour where he has been meeting party communicators to train and strengthen their effectiveness to communicate and galvanize support towards consensus building on government policies and programs.
Mr. John Boadu said taking bold and unpopular decisions has been the hallmark of the NPP government. According to him, these decisions have always yielded immeasurable results for the country.
John Boadu recounted among other things, the unpopular decision by former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration to opt for the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, HIPC and the record time it took the government to leave the initiative.
“That initial unpopular decision helped to create fiscal space for Ghana to develop beneficial social intervention schemes including free maternal health care, the national health insurance scheme, capitation grant for basic schools, school feeding program, mass transportation and employment through the national employment program.”
“The Kufuor-led NPP government provided workable solutions in the face of difficulties to transform Ghana from a HIPC country in 2001 to a lower middle income country in a record time of eight years.”
He further explained that it took the bold decision of the NPP government to turn around “the fortunes of the Ghana National Petroleum Company in striking oil in commercial quantities.”
John Boadu contrasted this sharply with the record of the NDC and described the opposition as only good for the infamous ‘dumsor’.
He said bold decision making, which is typical of the NPP government led to the clean up of the financial sector; saving 4.2 million of depositors’ funds.
Again, the challenging times occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic calls for innovative measures, hence the introduction of the E-levy is the way to go.
Mr. Boadu called for objective discussion and consensus building around the issue.
Already, it is estimated that E-commerce will hit 1 trillion Ghana cedis by the end of the year.
The General Secretary therefore urged the government to be resolute and firm and continue to take the necessary decisions that will benefit the people.