In a recent statement, President Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his confidence in Vice President Bawumia’s ability to carry forward his administration’s achievements. However, amidst this assertion lies a contentious debate over Akufo-Addo’s legacy and the trajectory of Ghana’s future under Bawumia’s leadership.

The Educate Africa Institute (EAI) recently weighed in, suggesting that Akufo-Addo’s tenure lacked significant accomplishments worthy of protection or continuation. Citing concerns over mounting debt and unfulfilled manifesto promises, the EAI contends that Bawumia represents the continuity of a problematic fiscal strategy rather than a beacon of progress.

Central to the critique is the issue of borrowing, which has seen Ghana grappling with substantial debts, raising concerns about the country’s financial stability and economic sovereignty. Critics argue that Akufo-Addo’s administration’s reliance on borrowing has not yielded commensurate developmental outcomes, casting doubt on the sustainability of such policies.

Moreover, the EAI highlights the unmet promises outlined in the NPP’s manifestos from both the 2016 and 2020 elections, suggesting a disconnect between rhetoric and reality. The failure to fulfill these pledges, ranging from infrastructure projects to social interventions, has led to disillusionment among segments of the electorate.

Amidst these criticisms, Akufo-Addo’s endorsement of Bawumia as his successor raises questions about the continuity of policies and priorities. Will Bawumia pivot away from Akufo-Addo’s approach, or will he double down on the existing trajectory?

Proponents of Bawumia argue that his tenure as Vice President has showcased his competency and leadership potential. His background in economics and his role in spearheading government initiatives, such as digitization efforts and economic management, position him as a capable successor.

However, skeptics caution against a seamless transition, urging a reassessment of Ghana’s development agenda. They advocate for a shift towards sustainable economic practices, prioritizing investment in critical sectors such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure while curbing excessive borrowing.

As Ghana navigates its political transition, the debate surrounding Akufo-Addo’s legacy and Bawumia’s prospects underscores the complexities of governance and the divergent visions for the country’s future. Ultimately, the electorate will have the final say in determining the direction of Ghana’s leadership and the legacy it leaves behind.

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William Boadi
Executive Director of Educate Africa Institute (EAI), Educationist, Political Analyst, and Social Worker.