I know that definitely John Mahama will take Ghana to the next level -Rawlings reveals.

The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, former president John Dramani Mahama is doing everything possible to unseat the president and flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akuffo Addo in the upcoming December general elections. He was the president of Ghana between July 2012 and December 2016. He also served as vice president between January 2009 and July 2012 under the late president Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.





Mr. Mahama lost power in the December 2016 general elections to the NPP’s Nana Akuffo Addo by a very wide margin of almost a million votes, about 9.8%. Some of the reasons for which he lost power included several allegation of incompetence on his part. Some of the specific criticisms against the former president John Mahama were the cancellation of the teachers and nurses trainee allowances, economic hardship, erratic power supply for about four years, popularly known as dumsor, shortage of chalks and registers in schools, etc.


But according to Mr. Mahama, he wants to return to power and correct some mistakes he made during his term of office. He was therefore elected by the opposition NDC, seeking to unseat the NPP’s Nana Akuffo Addo in the December polls. It must be noted that the former president John Mahama won by a huge margin in the party’s presidential primaries, he was keenly contested by some party stalwarts like Ekow Spio Garbrah, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Hon. Alban Bagbin, etc. Several party elders were said to be against the return of Mr. Mahama, including party founder, former president Jerry John Rawlings, etc.




We have decided to assess what is likely to happen to the country’s governance if former president John Mahama is re-elected to the Jubilee House in December. The following are some of our findings.
1. Management of the free SHS program:

The former president John Dramani Mahama and the NDC were very much against the free SHS policy during the 2016 general elections. It is a well known fact that the NDC sponsored a number of adverts against the policy. Also, after the NPP came to office to implement the policy, Mr. Mahama and his team were very much against the policy been implemented.
Now, the former president John Mahama has promised to continue the free SHS and even extend it to private schools if he is voted for, but our assessments predict that a Mahama led NDC government would not be able to maintain the free SHS program , left alone extending it to private schools. It can be recalled that the free SHS program in only the northern regions was not properly managed by the then Mahama led NDC government.



2. Youth Employment:
The issue of youth unemployment has been a very serious one in our country. In the era of former president John Mahama, several young graduates came together to form the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana, as a result of the massive unemployment situation. In the midst of the complaints, the former president insinuated that he is not a magician to create jobs for the numerous Ghanaian youth.
Now, the Akuffo Addo led government has introduced the NABCO program to absorb thousands of the young graduates in the system. But as it has always been, it can be said that a Mahama led NDC government would likely tamper with the policy, if they win power.
3. Teachers and nurses trainee allowances:
In the era of former president John Mahama, the government, led by the then Minister of Education and current running mate to John Mahama, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman cancelled the teachers and nurses trainee allowances. Mr. Mahama at the time put his presidency on the line, saying even if he would lose the presidency, he would not restore the allowances.



But the Nana Akuffo Addo led government has restored the payment of the allowances when they came to government. However, the former president John Mahama and the NDC have promised to continue payment of the allowances. But looking at the utterances of the NDC during the Mahama era, it is difficult to believe that an NDC government will continue payment of the allowances to trainee students.
The above, as well as several other issues such as dumsor, challenges in the NHIS, challenges in the school feeding program, etc are likely to happen if the former president John Mahama led NDC wins power in the upcoming December general elections.
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