The Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has acknowledged and commended efforts of the NPP government for making a history with its over 119% performance in the management of the economy, which is unprecedented in the history of the 4th Republican dispensation.
Speaking on the Floor of Parliament on the final consideration of the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Parliamentary Affairs Minister indicated that, the current government has more than doubled the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate to a provisional figure of 7.9% from the previous 3.6% inherited from the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, representing about 119%.
He added that, over the last twenty five (25) years under the current democratic dispensation in the history of Ghana, there has not been a single year that the economic growth between a year and the previous one was over 100%, adding that Ghanaians must be sincere and grateful to recognize the better and superior economic management exhibited by the current government, when not within a year has the government managed to grow the economy by 100%”.
He further revealed that, currently, all economic indicators are very favorable, with inflation dropping from 16.5% to less than 12%, with interest rates reducing significantly, whiles national reserves have increased in both gross and net terms.
“Government has paid over 50% of inherited arrears and other statutory payments in arrears have been made, reducing fiscal deficit from 9.3% to 5.6%, “what else will Ghanaians wish for, when the country is much healthier today than it was in 2016?” The Majority Leader disclosed.
He however admitted that, the President did not indicate that all of Ghana’s problems has been solved overnight.
Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonus also reiterated the Article 35 (2) of the Constitution which states that, “The State shall protect and safeguard the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ghana, and shall seek the wellbeing of all her citizens”; and that the President has achieved this by bringing his own Attorney General and the Previous one under the past NDC government to secure the territorial integrity of the nation by fighting to safeguard what is the territorial property of Ghana in a case that went to the International Court of Arbitration on Maritime.
Adding that Article 35 (8) of the Constitution states that “The State shall take steps to eradicate corrupt practices and the abuse of power” and that according to him, is just what the President has done, in creating and appointing the Special Prosecutor to handle among other things the corruption canker bedeviling the country.
It is of his hope that, the next time the President comes to the House to deliver his State of the Nation Address; the Right to Information Bill (RTIB) would have been passed to put icing on the cake in the fight against corruption.
He further quoted the Article 25 (1) (a-c) which provides that “(1) All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realization of that right (a) basic education shall be free, compulsory an available to all; (b) secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education; (c) high education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education”.
“The Article 38 (2) of the Constitution provides that “The Government shall, within two years after Parliament first meets after the coming into force of this Constitution, draw up a program for implementation within the following ten years, for the provision of free, compulsory and universal basic education.
These provisions of the constitution have been met by the government’s introduction of Free Senior High School policy, and the government must be congratulated for doing same”. He emphasized.
He asked all and sundry to commend the government and further assured the nation that, better days are ahead and that Ghanaians should have confidence and trust in the government.
Motion for the House to thank the H. E. the President for the message of on the State of the Nation was therefore adopted and accepted.