More than 50% of respondents sampled in a Policy Think Tank, IMANI Ghana’s pre-election survey conducted across the country, want government to retrieve monies lost through mismanagement and perceived dubious deals.
The Head of Economics at IMANI Ghana, Patrick Stephenson, made the revelation while presenting findings of the survey at the Mensvic Hotel in Accra. “It is interesting to see that more than 50% of respondents we spoke to expected the government or whichever government to retrieve resources that had been lost; and so if you have to juxtapose this response or these results to the fact that if we have had cases where we are not too sure whether resources have been retrieved by the state for the people of Ghana , it becomes very worrying. You wonder if politicians are doing the things that citizens are looking for,” Mr. Stephenson said. According to him, respondents in the Ashanti Region, topped the list of respondents making the request, with over 68% followed by the Upper East region with 64%, then the Western Region which recorded about 60%.
Several groups have called on government to retrieve monies lost in the Subah Info Solutions deal, and other monies mismanaged in the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA), and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) among others. Some individuals are in court over their involvement in making such wrongful payments particularly under GYEEDA. But there has been little or no attempt at prosecution or retrieving in the case of SADA. The latest to hit the country this year, was the bus branding scandal, which led to the resignation of the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor. Though some payments have been made , government is yet to recover all monies lost through these deals.
A total of 10,020 respondents drawn from all the ten regions in Ghana were sampled for the survey.
The objectives of the survey were as follows:
To weigh the level of interest of prospective voters on matters of national importance
To seek to highlight which issues Ghanaian voters are passionate or care most about
To determine if there are patterns among common interests
To determine if there are any trends of note across the country with regards to issues
To estimate whether the weight of an issue can tilt higher voter responses in a particular direction
IMANI Ghana has in the last few weeks analyzed campaign promises made by political parties, some on campaign platforms, and others in their manifesto. The policy think tank observed that, out of the 247 promises made collectively by six major political parties in the country, only 18 can be assessed.