A documentary showcasing that the government was on track to deliver on its promises after 100 days of being in office has been aired in Accra.
The documentary dubbed, “The First 100 Days: Promises, the Budget, the Story so far”, put together by Imani Ghana, a policy think tank, focussed on the economy, education, health and energy sectors with some personalities from civil society organisations making an assessment of the government in its first 100 days.
Before the documentary was presented last Tuesday, the Vice-President of Imani, Mr Kofi Bentil, said the first 100 days of any government was critical because it presented an opportunity to analyse the policy direction of the government.
He said what was not measured could certainly not be properly managed, for which reason the first 100 days of the government was a time to assess its performance, as well as track certain benchmarks.
Mr Bentil stated that Imani was looking out for certain indicators based on the government’s campaign promises, adding that the documentary also offered the viewing public the opportunity to make their own assessment.
The 45-minute documentary featured personalities such as Dr Kwesi Jonah of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Ms Veronica Dzeanu of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition; Dr Said Boakye, an economist from the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Mr Franklyn Cudjoe, the Founding President of Imani, who gave their perspectives on the government’s performance so far.
Dr Jonah had issues with the appointment of 110 ministers, arguing that some of the ministries could have been merged for fewer ministers and questioned why the Ministry of Fisheries should be a stand-alone from the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture.
Ms Dzeanu questioned the government’s decision to provide the free senior high school (SHS) education to only first-year students from the 2017/18 academic year, saying it was discriminatory and not in line with the principles of equity captured in the Sustainable Development Goals.
While Dr Boakye cautioned the government against any attempt to excessively borrow from the domestic market to protect the private sector, he equally urged the government to tread cautiously with foreign borrowing.
Mr Cudjoe, who applauded the government for a satisfactory performance so far, told journalists that the documentary was to set the stage for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to fulfil its campaign promises.
He said Imani would do a mid-term analysis of the government in its second year to judge its performance.