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NPP Boycott: A good decision

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), endorses the decision for the NPP to boycott the national economic forum. AFAG finds the decision as well thought over and respectful to the role of NPP's minority representation in parliament. Over and over again, NPP's minority has drawn the attention of the NDC to economic decisions that might hurt the macroeconomic fortunes of the country. In all instances, it fell on deaf ears. The NDC have always used a larger majority representation to push it's party set economic agendas without recourse to the constructive inputs of the minority.

AFAG believes that, the only way the NPP can influence economic policy management in opposition is through its work in parliament and not through economic forum. Hence, if the NPP's contributions in a legally barked parliamentary forum is seen as meaningless to the NDC or best regarded as the usual critic, how on earth can its contribution at a non-legally mandated forum be taken any serious.

Moreover, AFAG believes the reasons for the national economic forum has not been made clear. Is it a case that the economy is broke or unmanageable by the NDC? Or is the case that government can now admit to the unimaginable high cost of living?

Indeed, AFAG don’t see why the NPP should get involved especially where the majority has continuously disregarded their inputs at the level of policy making in parliament. If the kitchen is too hot for President Mahama, the NDC have the option to step John Mahama aside to present a more achieving candidate for 2016 or Ghanaians can have the best option to vote them out.

Hence, attending the forum becomes a set up and a challenge to Ghanaians in search of a better alternative come 2016.

God Save Ghana

Columnist: AFAG leadership

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