The Kufuor Foundation claims that former President J.A Kufuor is Africaâ€™s best President ever. The claim is contained in a document made available to Executives ad Staff of the African Development Bank at a meeting in Tunisia recently.
Former President Kufuor is seeking a grant of US$1.5 million for his Foundation from the ADB. The document states categorically that â€œPresident Kufuor built an impeccable record on governance, unrivalled in Ghana and on the African continent.â€
The Foundation rates former President Kufuor above Osagyefor Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Abdul Gamal Nasser of Egypt. The document lists former President Kufuorâ€™s achievements as follows;
Poverty & Hunger
*People living on one dollar a day or less has declined from 45.9 per cent to 41.1 per cent since 1999.
*The number of extreme poor has increased only 296 million in 1999 to 298 million in 2004.
*Enrolment increased from 57 per cent in 1999 to 70 per cent in 2005 â€“ but a gap of 30 per cent remains
*The number of school age children is increasing daily â€“ Under 14 population expected to reach 403 million from 348 million in 2007
*Share of parliamentary seats held by women has increased from 7% in 1990 to 17% in 2007.
*The share of women who earn a salary, aside from farming, still stood a less than one-third in 2005.
*Only 42% of people in rural areas had access to clean water in 2004.