Gov’t communicators on new survey just ‘ignorant’ – CDD

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A Deputy Director for the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), Franklin Oduro has labeled some government communicators who criticized the latest Afrobarometer report on Ghana as “ignorant” of the facts.
“It is very challenging sitting back and you find people who are managing our affairs, who are entrusted with the management of our society, of our country, exhibit some kind of ignorance; and I must say that I hope it’s not deliberate, I hope it’s just that they don’t know.”

According to the report which sampled the views of 2,400 Ghanaians, 76% of the them were pessimistic about the country’s economic prospects for 2015.

Government has questioned the credibility of the report claiming it is not objective and politically skewed because 750 out of the 2,400 of the sampled size were from the political stronghold of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Government is currently struggling to improve the ailing economy with its homegrown policies while seeking support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a possible way.

Speaking on The Big Issue on Saturday, the CDD’s Deputy Director insisted that the report was a fair representation of the views of Ghanaians.

He indicated that, “it is for us to explain and educate Ghanaians that what we call the national representative sample should always reflect the proportion of the sample of the national population in the various regions.”

The Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye-Ofosu, earlier argued that the survey was conducted at a time when the country was facing severe economic conditions which may not be prevalent in the country currently.

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