Gov’t Communication Team Performing Bad – Kwame Sefa Kayi
Kwami Sefa Kayi, host of Peace FM’s Morning show Kokrokoo, has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has so far been lousy at communicating their ideas and achievements.
Speaking In an interview with Lexis Bill on Personality Profile on Joy FM last Thursday, he said there is more room for improvement for government to articulate its policies and programmes to the people.
“It does not lie in my mouth to say that government has bitten more than it can chew. There were so many promises it is obvious that you cannot judge them fully in 18 months but it is obvious that they are overwhelmed a bit by things around them,” he said.
Assessing the performance of the Akufo-Addo led government so far, the multiple award-winning journalist said the performance of the cedi against the dollar and major international currencies has shown government “real pepper”.
“It is up to those who have the expertise and experience to ensure that it comes down or it stays there,” he said.
Mr Sefa-Kayi said it is high time Ghanaians know their politicians well enough to read between the lines that when they make lofty promises most of them will not be attained.
Lauding the president for implementing the Free SHS programme, he said it is the boldest decision any government has taken.
“It would come with its challenges but if you don’t do it now you will never do it again. As we go along let’s correct the challenges…if you don’t educate us, we are going to have major challenges going forward,” he said.
According to him, government would have done a fantastic job if it had focused on the Free SHS policy and its Planting for Food and Jobs plus other Agric related policies.
“At the end of the day, what will go to education and health will be allocated there but you cannot have a salad of all programmes because it is not realistic to do them…if you are voted out so be it you would have made your mark,” he said.
Rating the performance of the government so far, he said he will score them four out of 10 points.
Kwame Sefa Kayi Calls On Government To Legalize Wee
Kwame Sefa Kayi during the interview further called on the Akufo-Addo led government to legalise Indian hemp in Ghana. He claims, as a country, we are losing out on the benefits marijuana brings with its illegality.
The 2016 GJA Journalist of the Year said marijuana is useful for medicinal and research purposes, and when put into good use will be a great avenue for socio-economic development.
The use of marijuana or cannabis, popularly known as wee or the devil’s tobacco is against the laws of the country and any person caught in contact with it is dealt with in the court of law.
“I am an advocate for it. So that’s my bias; I am for it…We have what they call social and recreational, that is one leg. I am not for that. There’s a research and medicinal. I am for that”, he claimed.
“Unfortunately, in our growing up and everything; it’s been social and recreational we’ve looking at. So, we’re programmed to see it as a bad thing but the research and medicinal is a completely different era”.
Mr Sefa-Kayi said prominent individuals like the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan made the same call.
“There must be something that we are missing out on, I am looking more at the medicinal and research purposes and not the social and recreational purposes,” he said.
Over the past few years, there have been a growing advocacy for a national discourse on the usefulness and possible legalization of the plant.
Kokrokoo Foundation Indulge Into Incubator Distribution
Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, a non-governmental organisation over the years with focus on improving health outcomes for babies and their mothers, has presented several incubators to many Hospitals around the country.
The incubators, costing $10,000 each, brings to 17 the number of incubators distributed to various hospitals across the country by Kokrokoo Charities in its ‘100 Incubator Project’ which seeks to deliver 100 incubators to hospitals by late 2019.
Kwame Sefa Kayi, founder and chairperson of the foundation, on occasions during presentation has explained that the organisation he represents is committed to ensure it delivers on its project targets.
He said the issue of maternal and neonatal health often does not receive the needed attention because the people it affects are the most vulnerable in society.