Senior Vice President of policy think-tank IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, doubts if the creation of new regions will add any value to President Akufo-Addo’s legacy.
He believes the president would have made more impact if he had invested the time and resources into putting up a physical infrastructure Ghanaians can see and make better use of to improve their lives.
“It is the president’s prerogative. He chose to do it; clearly, he places a lot of value on this. I doubt what the value of this is as far s his legacy is concerned,” he said on Joy News programme, Newsfile.
The president has announced the regional capitals of all six new regions – Bono East, Ahafo, Oti, Savannah, Western North and North East - created following last year’s referendum.
Regional Re-organisation Minister, Dan Botwe touted the president’s history-making efforts in seeing through the creation of the new regions.
But Mr Bentil believes it adds nothing to his legacy.
“Ghana used to be four regions, do you remember who made it 10? But we remember who built Adomi Bridge. President Mahama will be remembered to taking traffic off portions of Accra by constructing the Kwame Nkrumah interchange.
“It is about development, things that you do to change or make my life better,” he stressed.
The private legal practitioner fears that if no immediate steps are taken, the Akufo_Addo-led administration will end its tenure without any infrastructure to boast of.
This he believes will hurt not only the party but also President Akufo-Addo who will become known for not meeting the needs of the Ghanaian.
“I worry about the legacy of the NPP as far as infrastructure development, delivering real life-enhancing change to people will be.
“Regions will mean something for some people,” he said but added that the only way this administration will be remembered is over things that really bring change.
The government in his view, can bask in the glory of being hailed for creating the new regions, however, he does not think it is something the people really need.
All that will happen, he said is that “you’ll have a new regional minister who will drive a new V8 around town, you’ll have a new deputy minister but I doubt if that change will come.
“But if you constructed a road, it will affect ordinary lives,” he said.
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