May 28, 2024 2:15 am

Franklin Cudjoe reveals why IMANI, other CSOs are not talking as expected

President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has said Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Ghana have moderated their activism because “we have been overwhelmed.”

He says even though they have been talking about affairs of the state, the zeal for their constructive criticism has been dwindled by the abysmal performance of the NPP government.

Speaking with Captain Smart on Onua TV/FM’s ‘Maakye’ Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Mr. Cudjoe debunked the assertion that CSOs and IMANI in particular have gone to sleep but accepted they can probably do more looking at their effort in previous years.

Mr. Cudjoe was giving insight on a statement he made earlier on social media asking the government not to shy from seeking help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) considering the economic turmoil the state is in now.

“It is not entirely true to say we are quiet because we have been talking but I think we can do more. I agree with you that we have not been coming out as we used to probably because we have been overwhelmed. We didn’t think we’ll get to this current situation. [In 2020 and 2021] we were overwhelmed by the decisions the NPP took. Who would have thought our friends in the NPP would have borrowed to the roof?”

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Debunking further, the assertion that IMANI has totally gone to sleep, Mr. Cudjoe noted accessibility to documents has become difficult for them whereas most of the issues they raised were unheeded to.

“Getting documents is difficult. There are about 7 issues we want to look at but we are not getting the documents. Issues like Kelni-GvG, Kroll and Associates and others, we got all the documents. Also, the money the EC wasted on the electoral register could have made us have enough to tackle the Covid-19 issues we have and even with that they didn’t heed to most of the issues we raised. ”

The centre for policy and education think tank president consented with Captain Smart on making more commentary on issues even if accessibility to documents for full action is not available.

One other misconception he indicated probably is because he himself (Franklin Cudjoe) has not been making most of the commentaries from their outfit lately but rather his colleagues, Kofi Bentil, Bright Simons and others.

He also described the current management of the economy as “fallen out of bridge” regarding the intent to create employment for the youth with the e-levy. Franklin Cudjoe said that is a scam since previous schemes became avenues for the state to be duped.

“As it is, the Economic Management Team has fallen out of bridge. What’s there to say about effective management?

“What’s there to say you’re collecting E-levy to create employment scheme for the youth? We all know they’re scam. From GYEEDA, SADA, they don’t add anything. The funds are dissipated and we don’t get anything back. If you are a proper manager, you don’t say you’re taking 1.75% and use part to create jobs. They must be telling that to the marines. Why don’t you reduce the rate, sit down and have a conversation?”


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