Now that Dr. Bawumia has been chosen as Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo's running mate, Ghanaians expect detailed information from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), showing them the exact sustainable funding source for the free secondary education promised by the party's presidential candidate.
For all the promises they make to Ghanaians during the election campaign, the NPP (and all the other political parties in Ghana wooing them for votes) ought to be aware that voters also expect them to give the nation time-lines, for expected outcomes impacting living standards in Ghana positively, during the ten years that Nana Addo says it will take to transform the national economy.
Can the NPP tell Ghanaians, for example, at which point in the ten years the journey to economic transformation will take, that the party expects ordinary people's living standards and quality of life to have improved dramatically (in comparison to their lot today), in practical terms, in the real world (as opposed to cloud-cuckoo-land)?
Will the improvement in living standards and the quality of life of ordinary Ghanaians during Nana Akufo-Addo's tenure, mean, for example, that at a certain point, during the 10-year journey to the new NPP-paradise-on-earth, rent advance (demanded by Shylock landlords) for poor quality accommodation, countrywide, would have become a thing of the past?
And at that precise point, can they tell us, today, just how the NPP administration of Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo would have resolved the housing deficit Ghana now faces?
In other words, Ghanaians don't want vague verbal assurances, but actuals in the real world: funding sources for policy proposals; some examples of quality-of-life-enhancing policies; time-frames for their implementation in the 10-year journey to the economic transformation of Ghana, promised by Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
Above all, discerning and independent-minded Ghanaians want to know, why, if it will take 10 long years to transform Ghana economically, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and his party, expect President Mills to change Ghana and make it a better place for us all, in four short years - especially when they know perfectly well that the unfathomable greed of Kufuor & Co., had brought our country to its knees, by the time President Mills assumed power in January 2009?
With respect, would it not be a fair point, for ordinary people to make, dear reader, that saying that the economic transformation of Ghana will take 10 years, is simply a very very clever political teflon-strategy, designed to enable a future NPP administration to successfully deflect criticisms during its tenure - should they win the December 2012 parliamentary and presidential elections (God forbid)?
Alas, in the Ghana of today, no individual politician, or political party, seeking the mandate of the good people of Ghana, will be able to win power, simply by rubbishing everything done by their opponents, and making vague and impossible-to-achieve promises.
Those days are over - which is why Ghanaians await to be told the exact funding source(s) expected to pay for the free secondary education promised by Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
Above all, now that the NPP's economic manager-in-chief, Dr. Bamwumia, is finally on board, ordinary people want, and expect, that crucial piece of information soon. And they want it long before the December elections - like now: in order to subject it to proper "stress-testing" to see what downside risks to Ghana's economic well-being, are inherent in the fulfilment of that singular promise. A word to the wise...
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