Malik Kweku Baako, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, has stated unequivocally that after 100 days in office, there is nothing he can use as a base to positively assess President John Dramani Mahama.
“There is nothing to write home about in the 100 days, and it is even in the interest of government that we don’t do an assessment,” he emphasised.
Speaking on Joy FM’s current affairs programme, Newsfile on Saturday, Mr Baako however admitted that the country, in the past few months has been confronted with challenges and serious problems, some of which he said have not been very well managed by the government.
“If you ask me and compel me to say something about 100 days, I think it is so challenging and not much has been produced,” he reiterated.
He said he would be able to do a proper analysis of President Mahama in six months’ time.
But Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseini underscored that President Mahama has been focused in his first 100 days. His ability to even appoint and swear his first batch of ministers within a month is unrivaled, he said.
He conceded that the president’s 100 days have been daunting, citing the power and water problems, but in all these, he said President Mahama has been able to give clear directives to his appointees on how to solve the problems.
“Indeed, this is a president who within those days had to travel to Nigeria and other places to ensure that we overcame those challenges.”
The Minister was confident that after the Supreme Court hearing the election petition has ruled in favour of the president, Ghanaians will then “see a greater acceleration”.
“I see that in the face of these daunting challenges, in the face of people questioning the legitimacy, the authority of the president, the president has held his way, he has remained focused, he has remained decisive, his hand is clearly on the steering wheel of governance and he is steering this country to a successful and very developmentally oriented path.”
“… I stand by my position that these hundred days of President Mahama has clearly exhibited signs of a person or president who knows exactly what he wants to send the country.”