President Nana Akufo-Addo’s achievements in his first year in office are “phenomenal”, Chief Executive Officer of the Salt and Light Ministries, Joyce Aryee, has said.
Speaking to sit-in host of Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show, Benjamin Akakpo, on Tuesday, 13 February, Ms Aryee said President Akufo-Addo’s “phenomenal” delivery so far shows that his manifesto promises were not mere rhetoric.
“Planting for Food and Jobs: You know I was listening to somebody from National Service, apparently they really got involved. Sometimes you media people should go out and see some of these National Service farms; are they a reality? Because from what we hear, they harvested a lot of maize, some rice and so on.
“Now to also realise that as people harvest some more, you need a place to put them and to know that they have even worked with COCOBOD where COCOBOD has warehouses which they probably were not using fully and make them available for these things while they wait to put in place some of these storage areas, it’s something wonderful,” the former Minister of Education said.
In Ms Aryee’s view: “I think a lot of thinking, what the president has done is to show us he didn’t merely speak and that everything that he said he will do, a lot of thinking had gone on, so that when the implementation starts, the thinking continues and you see results and I think it’s phenomenal.
“I think this is what we need to learn: That when you are writing a manifesto, don’t just see what you say as promises, see them as goals that you are setting that are meant to be achieved.
“This is what the president is showing us and it is phenomenal. And, so, it is the thinking through that is making it possible for him to achieve so much.”
“I am marveled at his consistency,” she stated.
The former president of the Ghana Chamber of Mines also said as a country, Ghana is moving forward because “now people in public office have become very aware that the things they do will follow them. I mean how many contractors thought that the Ministry of Finance will deliberately work with the Auditor General in terms of verifying the payments that have to be made. Previously, they feel compelled that, well if they say we should pay then let’s pay it, but to actually say: ‘Let’s do some forensic audit,’ [was a great thing to do]’”.