Lawyer Justin Frimpong Kodua (JFK), the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has reaffirmed the party’s support for the government in resolving the nation’s present economic problems.
He claims that the party views Ghana’s current difficulties as yet another chance for the government to change the country’s economic landscape.
“Ours is a history of turning things around when the country is in crisis,” Justin Kodua stated at a media engagement on Thursday, July 28, 2022, to celebrate the party’s 30th anniversary.
He described how the Kufuor government had to deal with extremely challenging economic conditions when it took office in 2001, but that “we showed our true mettle by not only conquering the issues we confronted but also taking on the most ambitious agenda of economic and social initiatives.”
“In 2001 that the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition had its second opportunity at governance following the swearing in of John Agyekum Kufuor as President. It was a trying time to assume office, and some felt we had been served a poisoned chalice because of the very challenging economic conditions the country was in. The Kufuor administration took the brave but unpopular decision to subscribe to the IMF Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPIC) programme.
Despite the gloomy economic conditions at the onset of his administration, the Kufuor government would perform what many have termed as a miraculous economic turn-around, by his second tenure in office. Notable among his achievements was the attainment of a lower middle-income status economy in 2007, introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme, School Feeding Programme, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), National Youth Employment Programme, Metro Mass Transport System, Cocoa Mass Spraying, Repeal of Criminal Libel Law and Capitation Grant,” he clarified.
He said, “We believe this can be done and will be done, therefore we urge government appointees to make extra efforts to support the nation’s economic rejuvenation.
The national debt should be maintained at manageable levels, he continued, adding that “we seek to lower inflation to post-pandemic levels, create jobs, and fund public infrastructure projects, particularly roads and schools.”
The NPP’s general secretary feels that the government is adamant about using the greatest resources available to address current developmental difficulties as the party celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“We, the current adherents are extremely proud of the tradition to which we lay claim and the role that the New Patriotic Party and its antecedents have played in making the rule of law, multi-party democracy, respect for individual liberties and the pursuit of a liberal economy the distinguishing factors of the political and economic landscape of Ghana.”
He claimed that the party’s founders had a distinct idea of the Ghana they desired and were fairly certain of how to get there.