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Government has spread itself too thin – Kwabena Agyepong

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Kwabena Agyepong, a failed New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer contender, has stated that the Akufo-Addo-led administration has overstretched itself in its governance of the country.

According to him, as a result, the influence it has had thus far has not been felt by the broader public.

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“If you look at the record of this government, there are quite a number of things that you can speak to. Like infrastructural development. I am a civil engineer and I speak with a lot of experience regarding that. I don’t think I have seen a government that has touched so many roads around the country all at the same time.

In fact, I believe they’ve spread themselves too thin. So, sometimes the impact is not felt in many areas. But it is an attempt at equitable distribution of the national cake to make sure that all parts of the country are touched,” he said on Hot Issues with Keminni Amanor, January 7.

Mr. Agyepong went on to say that the development of the road sector and education infrastructure are two of the government’s high points.

“If you look at education facilities for instance. The TVET schools, its not only in Accra. It’s been spread around I think about six to ten of them are nearing completion,” the former General Secretary of the NPP explained.

He stated that, while he is not enthusiastic about Agenda 111, it would help the country’s healthcare infrastructure.

“The whole attempt to have agenda 111. I was not in favour of attempting to build a hundred and eleven hospitals at the same time, especially when we are going through economic turmoil. A lot of them are nearing completion. I think about thirty or so are nearing completion around the country. I don’t have the figures directly but I can tell you there are a lot of them nearing completion. So on that balance sheet, it looks good with the provision of infrastructure. But there are areas that we have struggled” Mr. Agyepong pointed out.

In addition, the former presidential spokesperson remarked that he believed in hard labor rather than words.

He stated that he has never used the phrase ‘break the 8’ as the NPP prepares to win the 2024 general election.

If the NPP wins the elections this year, it will be the first party to break the eight-year electoral cycle.

Asked whether the NPP can break the 8 he said “I have never used ‘break the 8’, I don’t like slogans, I don’t like sloganeering, I believe in hard work.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had previously stated that breaking the 8 was a possibility.

“Breaking the eight is very feasible. Many people forget that in 2008 when we lost, we nearly broke the eight if you look at the vote margin.

“Overall, we were short by 40,000 votes. That was a tiny margin so it tells you that if NPP puts things together, we can make history,” he noted.

During one of his earlier travels of the North East Region, President Akufo-Addo stated this in a radio interview with Nalerigu-based Nobya FM.

 

 

 

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