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Akufo-Addo will deliver on promises – Oduro-Osae

Dr Eric Oduro-Osae, Dean of Graduate Studies of the Institute of Local Government Studies, has expressed optimism that the incoming government will be able to deliver on the promises it made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to him, after the government has been sworn into office on the 7th of January, it will develop its first National Medium Term Plan, out of which the budget will be prepared to cover most of the promises made.

Speaking in an interview with Emefa Apawu, host of Class 91.3FM’s ‘505’ on Thursday December 15 in connection with the 100-day ultimatum given to the incoming government by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers for the restoration of trainee teacher allowances, Dr Oduro-Osae said: “I am very positive that the incoming government will be able to deliver the promises they made to Ghanaians simply because Ghanaians have voted overwhelmingly for the government, and I want to believe that the greatest mistake they may not want to commit is not fulfilling the promises they gave to Ghanaians.

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“Let me also explain something to the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, the act of governance is such a way that once you are a government and you promise the country in your manifesto and you are sworn into office on the 7th of January, you are expected to develop your first National Medium Term Development Plan. So it is in the National Medium Term Plan that you are going to incorporate most of the things that you promised Ghanaians. The incoming administration is yet to be sworn into office, they are yet to prepare their first National Medium Term Development Plan, and it is based on the plan that budgets are prepared, so that if the restoration of the teacher trainee allowances finds its way into the first year plan of the NPP, then you can budget for it.

“The budget for the first three months of next year is already available and presented to parliament by the outgoing government, and the outgoing government never had the restoration of the teacher trainee allowances in its plan. So, in my view, in the first 100 days, it will not be possible for the incoming government to implement it.”

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