Show us one social intervention programme – Akufo-Addo taunts Mahama

The National Democratic Congress-led government has been challenged to mention at least one social intervention programme it has introduced in the last eight years.

Flagbearer of NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo condemned government’s inability to introduce a single social intervention programme. In his observation, the NDC has rather succeeded in jeopardising those it inherited from the Kufuor administration.

“The Social Democrats of the National Democratic Congress should tell us what social intervention programmes have they successfully launched after almost 8 years in office? The answer is a big zero.

“Like in other areas of national life, the social intervention programmes introduced by President Kufuor are in jeopardy,” he stated.

He recalled that when the NPP left power in January 2009, it had established major social interventions to protect the vulnerable in society.

Delivering the “Real State of the Economy” on Monday, he mentioned for instance:

• National Youth Employment Programme –providing opportunities and jobs for the youth to get a start in the job market

• The School Feeding Programme to provide food to pupils in basic schools

• Capitation Grant to make education affordable and accessible

• The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to provide accessible healthcare to the population.

• Free maternal care for all pregnant women under the NHIS.

• Introduction of a Metro Mass Transit transport service to provide subsidised transport for commuters and a free bus ride for basic school pupils in Ghana.

• Introduction of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme under which welfare grants were paid to the extreme poor.

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Nana Akufo-Addo noted all these social interventions left behind by the NPP have been mismanaged by the current government.

“The President announced some impressive numbers as those who now subscribe to the NHIS. The reality is that the service is in deep distress and we now have a two-tier health service, where the NHIS users are the second tier and the dreaded cash and carry is in operation as the first tier at many health facilities. The other social interventions have suffered similar fates.”

Source: Isaac Essel | | Ghana