The Minority in Parliament has debunked the claims of President Akufo-Addo that he took over an ailing economy. The Minority leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, in a post State of the Nation Address in Parliament said the President sought to portray in his address that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had deserted its founder, asking whether the President was now a porte parole for former President Jerry John Rawlings.
He said the indices the President had used to show that his government was on track failed to point to the historical precedence of a continuation of the hard work of former President John Mahama of the NDC. Hon. Iddrisu said that there were predictions from some international financial institutions which had as far back as 2016 projected that Ghana’s economy would grow beyond 7 percent.
The NDC also opined that the President cleverly avoided mentioning the probable debt scenario of public debt which stood at GHS122.3 billion as he did not give the corresponding figure for this year. The President has also been accused of not keeping his campaign promise of reducing fuel prices which now stands at GHS 22 per gallon from GHS 14 per gallon as of December 2016.
Job creation which had featured profusely during the campaign of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the past general election, after winning the election in 2016, the party could not show how many jobs it had created as far as the address was concerned, the NDC claimed, further accusing the President of nepotism , creating the largest government in Ghana’s history and having the largest number of ministers.
The Minority touched on education, energy security, public procurement, corruption and broken campaign promises, roads and transport, saying that the claims of better economic performance were deficient and grossly misleading.
The press conference was also attended by members of the Minority caucus.
Source: John Kumado