The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Deputy National Youth Organiser, Edem Agbana, says the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 2020 Manifesto is “not comprehensive” and is full of “misleading claims”.
According to him, not only is the NPP misleading the public by claiming projects finished under the erstwhile Mahama government as being theirs but also their manifesto promises do not satisfactorily propose a solution to address the challenges of the nation.
He said: “The NPP manifesto has a lot of misleading claims especially with regards to their stewardship. For example, if you read the NPP manifesto under health infrastructure, University of Ghana Medical Centre, Dodowa Hospital, and many other hospital projects by his Excellency John Mahama and the NDC have been listed as achievements or projects done under their remark.
“The point is that apart from the misleading claims and the lies, deception, captured in their manifesto, the NPP manifesto really is not comprehensive enough, and doesn’t address the issues going forward”.
According to him, the NPP’s manifesto fails to give hope to the Ghanaian populace concerning a post-Covid future.
“We are in an unusual time, Covid-19 has come to ravage the global economy, countries, big economies, small economies, are all not certain about the future, so we needed the manifesto that not only gives hope to young people, not only gives hope to the people of Ghana but also comprehensively deals with all sectors of life that address the challenges. Their manifesto simply lacks that.”
Speaking on the JoyNews’ Joint Caucus, the NDC Deputy National Youth Organiser shared how his party’s manifesto bests the NPP’s.
He stated that on the issue of legal education the NPP’s proposed solution was a weak attempt that barely scratches the surface of the actual problem.
According to him, the problem with legal education in the country was not an infrastructural one as the NPP’s had projected, but rather, a case of legal educational reforms – something the NDC had in their manifesto.
In his opinion, law luminaries in the country, as well as the National Law Students Association, have all sided with the NDC’s proposed solutions to the issues in legal education.
“On the issue of legal education, we all know the problem with legal education. Their manifesto’s proposal solution that they proffered in the manifesto was that they were going to increase infrastructure”.
By saying this, he said that the NPP showed that “clearly, they didn’t even understand the existing problem”, as the problem of legal education in this country is not with its infrastructure but with reforms, which he said the NDC has “adequately catered for” in its manifesto.
“It is about reforms in the school and the NDC manifesto has clearly adequately catered for that and that is why I’m not surprised that all the experts from H. Kwasi Prempeh and all the advocates for reforms in legal education have come out to say, including the students themselves, the National Association of Law students have come out analysed the two manifestos and said the NDC has a better proposition when it comes to the solution to their problem.”