The Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anthony Nukpenu, has rubbished a recent survey by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, which indicated that the Akufo Addo government’s approval rating in its first year, stands at 62%.The Political Science Department’s rating comes few days after the Industrial Commercial Workers Union (ICU), rated government 80% for its performance so far.
In the Political Science Department’s research, which focused on democratic governance, 49% of the 5000 voters sampled, endorsed the Free Senior High School [SHS] programme, making it one of the popular initiatives of the government.
It also revealed that, 64% of respondents backed the creation of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, while 37% approved of the campaign against illegal mining. According to the survey, 58% of voters believe that former President Mahama will lead the opposition National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections.
Mr. Nukpenu, however, believes it is too early to assess the performance of a government that has been in power for just a year.
“It is early days for people to be rating the NPP so that they will think they are on a sound footing,” Mr. Nukpenu suggested.
‘We’ve lived up to expectation’
While Mr. Nukpenu believes it will be difficult to assess the NPP government’s performance now, the Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Obiri Boahen, insists that the survey was a true reflection of government’s performance so far.
According to him, although the Nana Addo administration has committed some errors in its first year, it has generally lived up to expectation.
“The NPP has lived up to expectation, and I have also been saying that, the fact that we have erred in one way or the other, cannot also be ruled out, but generally we have performed creditably well. We have done well and we are praying that we will continue to improve upon what we delivered to them .”
11 controversies that rocked NPP gov’t in 2017
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government officially marked the first year of its administration on 7th January, 2017, after wresting power from the then NDC government led by John Dramani Mahama.
The party claimed electoral victory on the back of many campaign promises aimed at boosting social infrastructure and providing a convenient economic environment for private businesses to thrive.
Despite the 62% acceptance rating, the government has had its share of controversies, with several of them being alleged corruption scandals.