A youth activist of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region, Isaac Bonsu, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has focused more on infrastructural development than his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Bonsu stated over the weekend that education is one of the essential ingredients in building a prosperous nation, and that cannot be achieved without proper provision of infrastructure to accommodate the ever growing numbers.
“There have been strenuous efforts to decrease the deficit in infrastructure by former President Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo’s governments in recent times. The battle to ascertain who has performed better in this area will always be interminable,” he said.
He added however, that “with the benefit of their first four years at our disposal, it makes it a lot easier to do a comparative analysis to determine the best performer in this regard.”
“The first four years of the Mahama-led NDC administration managed to build 840 classrooms which in effect accommodated 33,600 students whilst the NPP’s administration led by vbuilt 2,729 classrooms, paving way to accommodate extra 109,160 students to be admitted,” he said.
Mr. Bonsu noted that former President Mahama’s manifesto in 2016, which pledged to build 200 community day SHS but an audit report captured only 29 as fully completed, which was a sharp contrast even to the 45 NDC had reported as completed.
On the other hand, he indicated, President Akufo-Addo did not build community day SHS but provided seven brand new comprehensive SHS buildings, comprising administration blocks, classroom blocks, dormitory blocks, dining halls, assembly halls, laboratories, libraries, creative arts and science blocks, staff accommodations, recreational facilities, to ensure quality teaching and learning.
He mentioned that another thing which is worthy of note, is that the Akufo-Addo administration in the area of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), built 21 sophisticated TVET centres of excellence across the country while the Mahama administration failed to put up a single infrastructure in the area of TVET in its entire eight-year governance.
In addition to the above listed projects, Mr. Bonsu further stated that the Akufo-Addo government has expanded many existing SHSs to create more space to accommodate the increase in enrolment as a result of the Free SHS programme.
This comparative analysis, he said, clearly indicate that by far the NPP government performed better than NDC government in their first four years.